ISLAMABAD (ENNS) The Islamabad High Court (IHC) increased here on Monday the sentence of a suspended judge and his wife in a case related to torturing of a child maid, taking their total jail term to three years.
The decision came after Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Mian Saqib Nisar ordered the IHC on June 4 to decide on the appeals filed by suspended Additional District and Sessions Judge Raja Khurram Ali Khan and his wife Maheen Zafar who had challenged their one-year prison sentences and fines imposed on them by the high court after being convicted of torturing their juvenile maid Tayyaba.
A division bench, comprising Justice AtharMinallah and Justice Miangul Hassan Aurangzeb, dismissed the appeals of the suspended judge and his wife, and increased their sentences to three years each. The court also imposed a fine of Rs0.5 million on the convicts.
The bench issued a 46-page judgment on the case.
Keeping in view the above principles and law and the facts and circumstances of the instant case, we are satisfied that there is no mitigating factor which would call for handing down the lesser sentence. The appellants are not worthy of any sympathy because the ill treatment and neglect was willful and cannot be justified on any ground whatsoever. They were aware and they deliberately and consciously made an innocent and helpless child to suffer tremendously, the judgment read.
It added, “While parting we cannot restrain ourselves from recording our observations regarding the failure of the criminal justice system in protecting the most weak and vulnerable members of the society.”
The bench in its 46-page judgment further said that the in-charge of the concerned police station, namely Khalid Mehmood Awan, did not ” fulfill his obligations by putting the legal process into motion” after he received information regarding Tayyaba’s plight.
In total, the statements of 19 witnesses were recorded in the case, wherein 11 were from civil servants and eight from private witnesses, including Tayyaba’s parents.