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Quetta rape, blackmail suspect believed to be serial offender

10 Dec, 2021
the location of two missing girls who were allegedly filmed and then blackmailed by a man had been traced. File photo
the location of two missing girls who were allegedly filmed and then blackmailed by a man had been traced. File photo

Two suspects were arrested for allegedly raping, filming and blackmailing two sisters in Quetta, police confirmed on Thursday, while stating that the location of the two missing girls has been traced.

DIG Quetta Fida Hassan Shah, in a press conference, said that the suspect Hidayatullah Khilji and his brother have been arrested following a complaint filed by the girls' mother.

On December 2, a woman submitted an application in the Qaidabad police station complaining against a man Hidayatullah Khilji who filmed objectionable videos of her daughters and was blackmailing them using their videos he had filmed for the last 2 years.

A first information report (FIR) of the case was registered at the Quaidabad police station under Sections 34 (common intention), 354-A (stripping woman of her clothes), 365-B (seducing or forcing of adults into illicit intercourse), 376 (punishment for rape), 376-A (disclosure of identity of victim of rape, etc), 496-A (enticing or taking away a woman), 503 (criminal intimidation), 506 (punishment for criminal intimidation) and 509 (violating modesty or causing sexual harassment) of the Pakistan Penal Code.

Speaking about the action taken by the police on Dawn News show Zara Hat Key, Shah said the police has arrested Khilji, along with his brother, and also obtained a search warrant.

"During the search, the police found laptops and electronic gadgets from his house and confiscated them," he said when asked whether the two were serial criminals with claims swirling on social media that there were dozens of victims.

Shah added that the equipment has been sent to the Punjab Forensic Science Agency to review footage and ascertain the extent of the suspects involvement and the scope of such activities.

When asked about the whereabouts of the two girls, Shah said that police had traced their location to Kabul based on her IP address. "The family have relatives in the capital city of Afghanistan and, based on the current information, it is believed that they went there of their own accord."

However, Shah didn't rule out the possibility of the suspects involvement in human trafficking.

The news also created a stir on social media, with Twitter users sharing testimonies of victims while urging the state to make an example out of those involved in violence against women, with #HIDAYATTHERAPIST becoming a top trend.

Twitter
Twitter

Lawyer and political activist Jalila Haider tweeted the girls must have escaped to Afghanistan due to threats to their lives.

Many others shared images of Khilji as well as a graphic video of one of the victims as she begs for mercy.