Pak Saint Arrested For Alleged Torture, Murder of 10-Yr-Old Helper

Prominent Pakistani saint, Asad Shah Jeelani, arrested for the torture and death of 10 year old domestic help, Fatima Furiro. Viral videos showcasing signs of torture sparked outrage. Authorities pursue justice, and promise transparent investigation.

Harnur Watta
Aug 17, 2023 14:51 IST
Image credits: Minute Mirror

Image credits: Minute Mirror

In a startling turn of events, Asad Shah Jeelani, a prominent member of the revered Pirs of Ranipur group in Pakistan, has been apprehended in connection with the tragic demise of a 10-year-old girl under his care, working as their domestic help.

The young victim, identified as Fatima Furiro, had been serving as domestic help at Jeelani's residence in Ranipur, a town nestled in Pakistan's Sindh province. The heartbreaking incident unfolded when Furiro's lifeless body was discovered within Jeelani's haveli, where she had been stationed to perform her duties.

Soon after the discovery, video clips depicting signs of severe torture on the young girl's body began circulating on various social media platforms. In one particularly harrowing video, Furiro is seen struggling to sit up on her bed before tragically collapsing. The graphic visuals sent shockwaves through society, igniting a firestorm of public outrage and prompting a widespread demand for justice.

Pursuit of Justice Amidst Allegations and Arrests

The grieving mother of the deceased, Shabana Fariro, spoke out against the alleged perpetrators in a quote to Geo News, stating that her daughter was subjected to the worst form of torture for many days by the Pirs of Ranipur and died due to multiple injuries.

Authorities promptly acted on these serious allegations, registering a First Information Report (FIR) against Pir Asad Ali Shah and his wife, Hina, who is also known as Sonia Shah. The FIR was filed under Section 302 and other pertinent sections of the Pakistan Penal Code based on Shabana Fariro's formal complaint.

The investigative gears were set in motion under the directive of DIG Sukkur Javed Soonharo Jiskani, who took strong notice of the alarming video clips and the ensuing public outcry. The preliminary findings, based on statements from the victim's mother and others, led to the initiation of legal proceedings, including the registration of the FIR.

SSP Khoso, speaking to the media, assured that the primary accused had been apprehended and was undergoing intensive interrogation. The investigation would extend its scope to unravel all potential angles, utilising the available evidence to its fullest extent.

In a significant move to uphold transparency and adhere to legal protocols, Khoso revealed that the victim's body would be exhumed in the presence of a magistrate, facilitating the collection of DNA samples to ascertain any signs of suspected sexual assault. The pursuit of justice also came with its share of accountability within the law enforcement system.

SHO Ameer Chang was suspended for apparent lapses in investigating the circumstances surrounding Fatima's mysterious demise, highlighting the commitment to thoroughness and integrity in the quest for truth.

As news of the young girl's tragic fate reverberated throughout society, individuals from all walks of life joined forces in demanding justice. Rights activists, lawyers, members of civil society, and the public alike rallied behind the diligent efforts of DIG Sukkur Javed Soonharo Jiskani and SSP Khairpur Ruhail Khoso.

The shared hope is that justice will prevail for the innocent girl and her grieving parents, even in the face of the alleged involvement of influential figures within the country's political landscape.


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