By Muhammad Luqman
The Islamabad High Court (IHC) has announced one year imprisonment to Ex-Additional District and Sessions Judge , Raja Khurram Ali Khan and his wife Maheen Zafar for torturing a Child maid Tayyaba.
IHC Justice Aamer Farooq also fined the perpetrators a fine of Rs 50,000 each.
The accused were present in court today when the judgment was read out, according to media reports.
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 in the capital, Islamabad 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.
Statements of 19 witnesses were recorded in the case, wherein 11 were from civil servants and eight from private witnesses, including Tayyaba’s parents.