The court remanded a 16-year-old madrassa student in police custody in Rawalpindi for alleged abuse.

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Suspected Mufti Shahnawaz is behind bars after his arrest on August 23. Photo – Geo News.

RAWALPINDI: An Additional District and Sessions Court in Rawalpindi has handed over a 16-year-old madrassa student in Parwadhai to police custody. Geo News. Reported Wednesday.

At the beginning of the hearing, the police approached the court to remand the accused Mufti Shahnawaz – who had earlier been granted interim bail – in police custody.

As soon as the court granted the police request, Shahnawaz was arrested from the court premises.

According to police sources, the accused will be produced before a judicial magistrate tomorrow for physical remand.

Meanwhile, Superintendent of Police Zaneera Azfar said the court had stayed the arrest of another accused, Ishrat Hanif. He said the court had directed Ishrat to co-operate with the joint investigation team in the investigation, but Ishrat remained “non-cooperative”.

Charges against Shahnawaz

Mufti Shahnawaz, a madrassa teacher, was arrested August 23 for allegedly raping a 16-year-old female madrassa student, but was granted interim bail until August 30.

The victim alleged that a female teacher at the madrassa was also involved in facilitating the main accused and that another student had been raped earlier.

A case was registered at a police station in Parwadhai on August 17, a week before Shahnawaz’s arrest.



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