Tayyaba torture case: Judge, wife handed one year in prison, Rs50,000 fine

The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Tuesday sentenced additional district and sessions judge (ADSJ) Raja Khurram Ali Khan and his spouse to one year in prison in the Tayyaba torture case.

Justice Aamer Farooq of IHC also handed down a fine of Rs50,000 each to the judge and his spouse for torturing the child maid.

ADSJ Khan and his wife Maheen Zafar were facing a trial for their involvement in keeping Tayyaba in wrongful confinement, burning her hand over a missing broom, beating her with a ladle, detaining her in a storeroom, and threatening her of “dire consequences”.

The accused persons had pleaded not guilty.

The judgment of the case was reserved last month after the counsel for the state and the accused persons concluded their arguments.

The statements of a total of 19 witnesses were recorded during the course of the proceedings, including that of 11 prosecution witnesses and eight non-state witnesses including Tayyaba’s parents. A detailed judgment of the case will be issued later.

Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar in January last year had taken suo motu notice of the case and remanded it to the IHC for conducting trial against the judge and his wife.

On May 16, 2017, the IHC indicted the accused persons after rejecting a compromise deed between them and the parents of the victim.

The court had observed that the application for compounding the offence with parents of the minor was not maintainable as it was the state which performed its duties and took care of the minor since the registration of the criminal case.


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