KOHAT: The body of a three-year-old girl,Hareem was found in a drain in the Khattak Colony area of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Kohat district after went missing on Wednesday.
On Thursday (today), the girl’s body was found in a drain in the area. It was retrieved and sent to the KDA divisional headquarters hospital.
According to police, the girl went missing a day earlier and a first information report (FIR) was lodged in connection with her disappearance on the complaint of her grandfather. Locals, the family of the girl and policemen searched for her through the night, the police officials added.
Meanwhile, the victim’s family and residents of the area held a protest on University Road, Kohat, demanding that they be provided justice. The family of the four-year-old claimed that she had been sexually assaulted.
On the other hand, police officials said while they suspected the minor girl was assaulted, it had not yet been confirmed through a medical report. A senior police official said that police had not yet received the medical report. The report would clarify whether the girl had been assaulted or not, he added.
On the other hand, 13 suspects have been taken into custody and their samples sent for DNA testing.
The murder of the three-year-old girl Hareem sparked an outpouring of rage and grief online.
3year-old hareem was abducted from Kohat yesterday afternoon,Today the dead body of this innocent girl has been recovered from the drain
This has to stop. Gov and the concerned authorities must take action. #JusticeForHareem @ImranKhanPTI @ShireenMazari1 @mohrpakistan pic.twitter.com/M4C475T5Dt
— Laiba zafar (@Laibaza52587107) March 25, 2021
While the incident triggered angry demonstrations on the streets in the area, social media users have rallied around the hashtag #Justice Hareem to call for action to be taken by the authorities.
— Syeda Mizrah Jilani 🌞 (@MizrahJilani) March 25, 2021
Earlier, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa registered 182 cases of child sexual abuse during the first eight months of 2020, according to police data. Four of those cases were related to murder after the assault. The four cases of murder after assault were reported in Mardan, Nowshera, Mansehra, and Kohat.