On Monday, Sindh police, representatives of civil society and government officials paid tribute to Kashmore Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI) Mohammad Bux Buriro and his family for the “exemplary effort” they undertook to rescue a child who had been sexually assaulted and to apprehend the case’s prime suspect.
The Sindh Kashmore Police Inspector General declared a cash reward of Rs2 million for the ASI and its families at a ceremony conducted at the Central Police Office in Karachi.
Last week after duping the former with a job bid in northern Sindh’s Kashmore district, the police managed to catch a man accused of raping a woman and her younger daughter for two days.
The survivor told the police that she had been raped by the perpetrator after she entered his house and then handed her over to another man who lived near the border of Sindh-Balochistan. According to Kashmore Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Amjad Ali Shaikh, the man also reportedly raped the woman.
She said that her five-year-old daughter had been held captive by the perpetrator, saying that he would only let her go if she had taken him another woman from Karachi. The perpetrator even gave her some money, according to the police, to cover her travel expenses.
ASI Burriro convinced his wife to speak to the man over the phone in order to catch the perpetrator. His daughter and the victim were later waiting in a park in Kashmore where the perpetrator was supposed to meet them.
ASI Burriro was overwhelmed with grief when narrating the incident at the ceremony today.
Sindh IGP Mushtaq Mahar also praised the official and said while many police officers had lost their lives in the line of duty, the case of Burriro was “special” as the ASI not only breached the cultural limits of the tribal areas of Kashmore, but also risked the life of his daughter in order to rescue the minor victim and apprehend the perpetrator.
IGP Mahar said he would propose that the government give the coveted Tamgha-i-Shujaat to the ASI, while the Tamgha-i-Imtiaz would be given to his daughter, who had helped the police set out a trap for the suspect.
“I’ve been working with the police for 32 years, so for me this is a moment of pride,” Mahar said.
On behalf of Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah, who is reportedly in exile after contracting Covid-19, Sindh government spokesman Murtaza Wahab also attended the ceremony.
Wahab commended ASI Burriro and his family for speaking on the occasion and said that society should imitate the same ideals displayed by police officials. He also urged IGP Mahar to create a squad of police officers to resolve gender-based abuse incidents.
Spent the afternoon acknowledging the efforts of ASI Mohd Bux Burriro, his wife & daughter Reshma for their act of unprecedented bravey in helping police find culprits who had raped a minor child & her mother in Kashmore. #SindhGovt & people of Sindh are indebted to the family pic.twitter.com/ejSjxtOjKE
— Murtaza Wahab Siddiqui (@murtazawahab1) November 16, 2020
District Inspector General (Administration) Amin Yousufzai said the ceremony was historic because it was normally only for senior officials that such ceremonies were conducted.
“ASI Mohammed Bux may be a junior, but in terms of sacrifice and compassion, he is greater than us,” he said.
Earlier, when ASI and his family arrived at the venue, a salute was delivered by a police band. Other police officers, Deputy Superintendent Mohammed Panah, Inspector Khero, Habibullah Mahar, Malik Ghulam Abbas, Nadir Husain and Himat Ali, who were also involved in retrieving the minor girl and arresting the suspects, were also presented with the salute.