Pak: Girl denies flogging in Taliban's fear

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Swat Valley, Taliban flogging a teen girl
Peshawar, Apr 6: The 'flogging' incident in Swat valley that took the world by a storm has taken yet another twist. The victim of Taliban's disciplining act has now denied the incident and called it baseless, succumbing to the social pressure and Taliban's fear.

A team of two high officials comprising Commissioner Malakand Syed Mohammad Javed and a senior judge reportedly visited Kala village situated in the far-off area of tehsil Kabal and recorded the statement of the girl. The team reached the area in full security, met the girl and showed her a video in which she was being flogged publicly somewhere in Kabal.

In the report recorded by the officials, both the girl and her husband have denied the incident. The girl said that she was happily married and never been flogged. The statement will reach the Supreme court on Monday, Apr 6.

The Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry had taken a suo moto notice of the public lashing of the teenage girl in Swat.

The NWFP Chief Secretary, IGP, Advocate General and president of the Peshawar High Court Bar Association (PHCBA) were directed to appear and produce the victim before the larger bench of the Supreme Court. However, they may not produce the girl, as the officials appear before the larger bench of the Supreme Court.

"We are yet to take the girl into our protection and that's why we may not produce her before the court on Monday, Apr 6" Malakand Division Commissioner Syed Muhammad Javed said.

ANI

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