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IHC to announce Tayyaba torture case verdict today | Pakistan

10-year-old Tayyaba was reportedly tortured while working at the judge’s home. Photo:

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) will announce its verdict today in the Tayyaba torture case after over a year-long period of proceedings.

IHC Justice Aamer Farooq is expected to announce the verdict today for which Additional District and Sessions Judge Raja Khurram Ali Khan and his wife Maheen Zafar have been summoned.

The judgment was reserved on March 27 after the court heard the final arguments from both the sides.

On December 29, 2016, Tayyaba, a 10-year-old domestic help, was recovered from the house of the judge after receiving complaints of torture from neighbours. The issue sparked outrage on social media and led to calls for strict and swift justice.

Subsequently, a first information report (FIR) was filed against the judge and his wife at the I-9 police station.

An inquiry report by the police had found that the judge’s wife was responsible for torturing the child maid, and Khurram of indirect criminal negligence.

Later, on January 3, 2017, Tayyaba’s parents reached a compromise and forgave the accused. 

However, Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Mian Saqib Nisar took a suo motu notice of the compromise agreement and ordered the IHC to conduct a trial of the case. 

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.

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