GILGIT: Two men convicted of raping a woman in Skardu town in Gilgit-Baltistan earlier this year have been handed the death sentence by an anti-terrorism court in Gilgit.
The decision was announced by judge Raja Shehbaz Khan on Tuesday, a lawyer who attended the proceedings said on Wednesday. In addition to the death sentence, the court also sentenced both men to 34 years of imprisonment which they will have to serve before being sent to the gallows.
The rape victim, an 11th grade student, was returning home from a tuition centre in March when she was abducted by Shakeel Ahmed and Ahmed Hussain. They took her to a nearby house where she was raped.
The accused were arrested the next day following a complaint by the victim’s father. The case was referred to an anti-terrorism court which announced the decision within four months.
Meanwhile, Gilgit police booked three men under the Anti-Terrorism Act for allegedly gang raping a 20-year-old woman in Gilgit on July 26. The victim, a resident of Gojal Valley and an undergraduate student, was allegedly gang raped by Zulfiqar, Asif and Adnan. -- The Express Tribune