He then locked the girl in a cattle pen and continued to rape her.
Rafiq Malik, who was the main suspect in a gang rape of a mother and her four-year-old daughter, was shot and killed by his alleged accomplice.
Malik was in police custody on November 10, 2020. He was held for the kidnapping and assault of a mother and her four-year-old daughter.
The mother and daughter were lured into Malik’s home under false pretences. Malik had informed the mother that she would be given a job but once they had gone to his home, they were trapped for two weeks.
Both mother and daughter endured two weeks of sexual abuse by Malik and his accomplice, Khairullah Bugti.
Malik later set the mother free but he told her that she would have to go to Karachi and find him more girls.
As leverage, he held onto her daughter and threatened to kill her if she failed to comply. He then locked the girl in a cattle pen and continued to rape her.
The mother went to the police instead.
The police officers came up with a plan to capture Malik. A wife of one of the officers was used.
The officer’s wife and Malik had agreed to meet in the park and he was under the impression that she was one of the women the mother had brought from Karachi.
Once he was there, police arrested him and rescued the girl.
One police officer said:
“I have handled murder cases in my life, I have seen bombings too, but I never cried as a police officer.”
“Our hearts are broken over what happened to this girl and to her mother.”
Both mother and daughter were taken to a hospital in the city of Larkana. The daughter remains in critical condition but her mother is stable.
A medical examination confirmed the mother’s story that the pair had been gang-raped.
On November 13, 2020, a few days after the arrest, Malik was escorted by the police to locate the hideout of his accomplice, Bugti, and confirm his identity.
This is a routine act done by the police for verification purposes.
However, for an unknown reason, Malik was not provided with any protection during this raid. Therefore, once they had reached the hideout, Bugti had fired several shots and killed Malik.
Bugti was then arrested on site.
Laws in Pakistan dictate that a convicted rapist is to face between 10 and 25 years in prison or the death penalty. The penalty for gang rape is also the death penalty or life in prison.
If Malik was to be convicted he would have been executed regardless. The same applies to Bugti.
The public are pushing, now more than ever, that rapists are to be dealt with and not let off as easy.
After the previous high profile rape case police have been heavily scrutinised for not taking rape cases seriously.
The case which went viral and sparked mass protests was in regards to a mother who was raped whilst waiting for roadside assistance. Her two children had witnessed the ordeal but police failed to care.
One police officer blamed the mother for going out late and failing to check if her petrol tank was full. He also told her that she should have taken a busier road.
The world was not happy in the slightest and protests hit the streets of Pakistan, Bangladesh and India.
So when Malik was arrested at first instance, the public demanded there be a public execution. This would hopefully deter many others from committing the same crime.
Unfortunately, the crime of rape is still not taken as seriously. More women and girls are attacked every day but very few cases are reported and many are brushed under the rug.