Sunday 17 January 2016

Two Women Brutally Beaten by Chaudhary Riyasat in Chattroh

Chattroh, Dadyal
: Chaudhary Riyasat of Chattroh brutally beat two women at their residence. The shocking incident took place after Riyasat's involvement in a divorce settlement case in which it was agreed that a husband would take custody of the child after divorcing his wife. Riyasat was involved in coordinating the settlement which stipulated that the father would take the child to the visit the mother at her residence in Chattroh every Sunday. 

On the first Sunday, problems arose when the father came to collect his son in the evening. On the same day, the mother's aunty had passed away which meant that her parents were not at home. The mother of the child insisted that her parents were on their way home and wanted them to meet her son before he was taken away. However, this angered the father who immediately contacted Chaudhary Riyasat to complain. Riyasat entered the mother's residence and took advantage of the fact that there were only two women at home. He went on to abuse the women using derogatory swear words and snatched the child from them. Riyasat brutally beat the women using sticks which led to them sustaining serious head injuries. The women had to have between 10 to 20 stitches each and are currently hospitalised

Initially, the police were not willing to register an FIR against Chaudhary Riyasat because he has links with influential people. However, an organisation known as 'Anjuman Nada-e-Haq' got involved in the case to support the innocent women, and an FIR has now been registered. But the police won't arrest Riyasat because he has links with senior officials who have given orders to protect him. None of Dadyal's political leaders have spoken up on the issue. 

It seems that the women are in a helpless situation; they have little hope of justice. However, a few prominent members of the community, including renown writer, Wahid Kashir, and social activists, Saleem Butt, Tayyab Aslam and Jamil Ahmed, as well as others, have highlighted the case on social media platforms such as Facebook. They intend to increase awareness of the case so that pressure is built up on the authorities and leadership to take action. They have become the voice of the voiceless and helpless women who are in desperate need of justice. 

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