LAHORE – City Police booked the owner of local newspaper on charges of victimising his subordinate female journalist, who had committed suicide by jumping off the roof of a building near MAO College on Wednesday evening in Islampura police area.

The 24-year-old Seemab Afzal, who was working as a reporter for the newspaper Anti-Crime, committed suicide as she was not being paid her salary for the past four months.

Police have collected circumstantial evidences, which strengthen the claim of the victim family, as the journalist was being mentally stressed by the owner for the last several months.

“Seemab was not being provided her salary, which led her to decide to take this extreme,” an on duty police officer said, adding Seemab’s cousin Nuzhat, also a reporter for the same daily, has stated that the deceased was upset about not getting her salary.

“Her father had been suffering from cancer and she had to take care of the needs of her younger siblings too,” Nuzhat added.

Police said that Seemab and Nuzhat were living in a room in the hostel, arranged by their employer, but police have established both were not being paid. The SHO said that Afzal’s family had alleged that the newspaper’s owner had employed the girls fraudulently and had not paid them their salaries. A case has been registered against the owner of the newspaper without any arrest till filing of this report. Further investigation is underway.