Usman Danish

PESHAWAR: A district and sessions court in Peshawar on Friday sentenced the prime accused in the medical student Asma Rani murder case, Mujahid Afridi, to death.

The court acquitted two other accused Siddiqullah and Shahzeb who were accused of facilitating the murder.

Asma Rani, a third-year medical student, was shot dead in Kohat in January 2018 for refusing a marriage proposal of Mujahid Afridi. She was taken to a nearby hospital after being shot thrice. In a video statement, the medical student had identified Mujahid Afridi as the assailant before succumbing to her wounds. The clip had sent shock waves after being gone viral on social media.

On Friday, a district and sessions judge conducted the hearing in the Peshawar Central Jail where the deceased girl’s parents and brother was present.

Ghulam Dastgeer, father of Asma Rani, said he is satisfied with the court decision, but facilitators of the main accused have escaped punishment. He said his children can no longer go to educational institutions without fear as the family of the convict is influential and may inflict more harm. He said his family needs security in this situation. He said his daughter wanted to become a heart specialist, but her dream was shattered as a cruel person killed her to satisfy his ego.

The prime accused fled the country but he was arrested from Dubai in March 2018 with the help of Interpol. The case was shifted to Peshawar from Kohat due to security concerns.

Asma Rani’s mother said while talking to TNN that Siddiqullah and Shahzeb were equally responsible for murder of her daughter and they should also have been punished. However, she said, she is satisfied that the main accused will meet his fate.

“We managed education of Asma hardly because we had limited income. Three and a half years after her murder, now her class fellows are doctors. We also had a dream that our daughter will become a doctor one day, but people did not spare her,” she said.

She disclosed that the main accused had not sent any marriage proposal for her daughter, and he only wanted to forcibly marry her, which was a matter of disgrace and dishonour.

Asma’s father said he did not succumb to pressure exerted by Mujahid Afridi’s family through different ways because his resistance will ensure that no other girl becomes victim to such incidents in future.

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