Man arrested for raping 11-year-old boy in Rawalpindi

RAWALPINDI: Police on Saturday claimed to have apprehended a man accused of raping an 11-year-old minor boy in Rawalpindi.

Sources said under the supervision of SDPO City, SHO Pir Wadhai and the police party arrested the accused Fazlur Rehman within a few hours of the crime. A case was also registered against the accused on the complaint of the victim’s father.

The father of the victim in the complaint said that his 11-year-old son went to the shop to buy goods, the accused named Fazal took his son under-construction house in the street and raped.

Earlier, Child protection NGO Sahil had indicated in its latest report that the number of child sexual abuse cases reported in Pakistan every day gone up in the first half of 2020.

According to the report, more than six children on average were subjected to sexual abuse in the period in Pakistan. In its six-month “Cruel Number” report, Sahil reported that as of June this year, 497 children were sexually abused.

The report further said most of the cases were in Punjab — at 57%. Of the rest, 32% were reported in Sindh and 6% in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

More than 35 cases were reported in Islamabad, 22 in Balochistan, 10 in Azad Jammu and Kashmir, and one in Gilgit-Baltistan, the report disclosed. Out of the total reported cases, 62% were from rural areas and 38% reported from urban areas.

At least 173 children were gang-raped, whereas there were 227 reports of attempted sexual assault. Moreover, 38 children were killed after they were sexually abused.

Of the total children who were subjected to sexual abuse, 53% were girls and 47% boys. The NGO also highlighted that 51 cases of underage marriage were reported.

The conclusions were drawn from January-June 2020 data from 84 newspapers and covers incidents from all four provinces, as well as Islamabad Capital Territory, Azad Jammu and Kashmir, and GB, it added.

“Even as cases of child sexual abuse are reported with increasing frequency across the country, the government had not taken any concrete measures to address flaws in the investigation of such cases or the implementation of the relevant laws, the report stated.