Karachi resident sentenced 4 years in prison for blackmailing woman
Karachi: Magistrate Shiraz Ahmed Sheikh on Wednesday, sentenced the accused Sharukh, 4 years in prison for entering into a woman’s house, stripping her, taking pictures and blackmailing her on the basis of those photos.
In the month of September this year, the accused entered a house in Ittehad Town. Accompanied by an unknown woman, he grabbed the female resident of the house, stripped her and took photos for the purpose of blackmail.
The judicial magistrate (West), gave his final verdict after observing evidences and final statements of both the parties involved in the case. The judge issued a statement that the verdict is based on evidences which are clear as day and the verdict was concluded with absolute certainty.
The sentence demands the accused to be prisoned for four years and three months and was compiled on three counts- criminal intimidation, house trespass with intent to assault and forceful degradation of a woman’s modesty.
State Prosecutor, Saleem Abbas stated that the victim, the wife of the accused was present at her home alone when Sharukh accompanied by an unknown woman entered the residence and forcefully grabbed her.
The victim had put up a resistance but Sharukh managed to strip her, took photos and threatened her livelihood if she reaches out to anybody for help.
The prosecutor further established the fact that the pictures recovered, statements recorded and the forensic data completely aligns with the allegations against the accused.
A case was registered under Sections 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty), 506 (criminal intimidation), 447 (punishment for criminal trespass) and 34 (common intention) of the Pakistan Penal Code at the Ittehad Town police station.
On the other side of things, defense counsel Bilal Memon, stated that his client is innocent and is being framed by the victim on the basis of some personal judge. He further stated that there were no statements recorded of area residents as witnesses and contested that all the evidence gathered originate from the same family hence can’t be termed as independent.