Mukhtaran Mai case: SC upholds LHC verdict
21 April, 2011
ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court Thursday upholding the verdict of the Lahore High Court (LHC) in Mukhtaran Mai gang-rape case acquitted five of six accused and dismissed the petitions, our sources reported.
A three-member bench of the apex court, headed by Justice Shakirullah Jan announced the verdict. Other members of the bench included Justice Nasirul Mulk and Justice Saqib Nisar.
Meanwhile, Mukhtaran Mai talking to our sources expressed deep sorrow over the SC verdict and said that she would consult her counsel about filing the review appeal.
On 22 June, 2002 Mukhtaran Mai (30), resident of Meerwala village was gang raped on the orders of a village council in the name of honour in Tehsil Jatoi of Muzafargarh district.
It was reported that the influential local Mastoi tribe had convened the jirga to seek punishment for Mai`s 12-year-old brother.
Initially, fourteen accused were nominated in the case, out of which eight were acquitted while remaining six were given death sentences by the trail court.
Later, the LHC had acquitted five of them and converted the death sentence of one accused with life term after which the SC took suo moto notice while victim Mukhtaran Mai and accused Abdul Khaliq also filed petitions in the apex court.