Usman Mirza case: Police add sections of rape, extortion to FIR

Usman Mirza has now been charged for rape.

ISLAMABAD: The federal police have charged Aut0land co-owner Usman Mirza with additional sections of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC) including rape, sexual abuse, extortion, and wrongful confinement as the investigation progresses.

Addressing a press conference today (Monday), Islamabad Police Deputy Inspector General (Operations), Afzal Kausar said that more sections of the PPC had been added to the First Information Report (FIR).

These include Section 375-A, 375-D (rape), 384 (punishment for extortion), 342 (punishment for wrongful confinement), 114 (abettor present when offence is committed), 395 (punishment for dacoity); 496-A (enticing or taking away or detaining with criminal intent a woman) and 377-B (sexual abuse).

DIG Kausar said six suspects have been detained in the case so far, while two are yet to be arrested. He added that the statements of the couple have also been recorded.

The incident had come to light with a video showing a group of men, led by Usman Mirza holding a couple at gunpoint, forcing them to strip and then beating them up. Moreover, the suspects also abused the couple verbally and physically.

The FIR of the case was registered on July 6, after which some of the suspects were traced and arrested. The FIR said the incident took place within Golra police station limits at an apartment building in sector E-11/2.

The case was registered under section 341 (punishment for wrongful restraint), 354A (assault or use of criminal force to woman and stripping her of her clothes), 506 (ii) (punishment for criminal intimidation) and 509 (word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman) of the PPC.

One clip of the video showed a group of men with weapons, led by Usman, threaten the man and woman with physical harm and force them to engage in sexual activity.

The incident, which was highlighted on social media, had quickly became the top trend in the country with netizens calling for strict retribution to the main accused Usman Mirza.