Islamabad — Peshawar police presented 1,740 suspects in court on kidnapping charges between 2013 and 2018, according to police records.
But only 66 suspects were convicted in kidnapping cases during the same period.
The data, compiled by the Senior Superintendent Police for Investigations, was shared by the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa police department in response to a Right to Information (RTI) request submitted by Media Matters for Democracy’s Media for Transparency initiative.
Police records show the number of suspects and convicts but did not reveal the actual number of kidnapping cases, making it impossible to determine the conviction rate. Multiple suspects can be nominated and arrested in a single case. The same goes for court sentencing. However, the extremely low number of convicted suspects hints at flawed investigations and weak prosecution.
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According to the data, almost half of the suspects were produced in court during 2013 and 2014. Around 80 percent of the convictions are also from the same two years. Just over 40 percent of the suspects were produced in court on charges of abduction.
One-third of the total number of suspects were brought in for kidnapping for motives other than collecting ransom. But not a single suspect was convicted on these charges between 2013 and 2018, according to police data.
Child abductions had the lowest number of suspects whose case files reached the court system.