In the town of Layyah in Pakistan, a 13-year-old girl and her mother locked themselves up in a cage on Monday outside the district press club. They were protesting the release of the child's "rapists."
According to a report in the Dawn, Hasina Bibi of Chak 150-TDA was kidnapped and raped by her relatives a few months back. Upon her return home, she along with her father went to the police station to file a case of kidnapping and rape against Raheem Bhakhsh, Mohammad Qasim, Bashir Husain and Hashim.
Both Bashir and Qasim were arrested, however, they were released soon afterwards on the pressure of MNA Pir Saqlain Shah.
In her FIR, Hasina Bibi claimed that in May 2013, she was alone at her home when Raheem came and allegedly raped her at gunpoint. She said that she had not told her parents about it at that time since Raheem had threatened to kill her.
In her statement, the girl also said that she turned pregnant and after two months in July 2013 Qasim, his wife Sakina Mai, Raheem and Bashir took her for abortion to Wahowa in Dera Ghazi Khan where she was gang-raped for three days.
According to the Dawn report, the suspects also took her thumb impressions on a white paper.
In February 2014, the girl gave birth to a baby girl and returned home in March.
The police officers said that they released the two accused since there was no concrete evidence to prove her allegations.
"As a result we released the suspects on the request of MNA Pir Saqlain," SHO Afzal said.