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7-Year-Old Girl Raped In Rawalpindi

Police have registered a case under Section 376 of the Pakistan Penal Code after a seven-year-old girl was allegedly raped in Morgah area of Rawalpindi.

The FIR registered at Morgah police station by the mother of the child alleged that the minor went to a shop in the area to buy snacks, but it was closed. However, she was lured by a man standing outside the shop who gave her Rs20 and took her to his house where he allegedly raped her.

According to the FIR, the minor could not sleep all night and kept on crying. It demanded the police initiate legal proceedings against the suspect.

Rape and murder of minor in Karachi:

On Sept 7, Karachi police arrested a suspect for his alleged involvement in the rape and murder of a five-year-old kid.

Five-year-old Marwah, who was kidnapped from the Old Sabzi Mandi area, was reportedly sexually assaulted before being murdered and torched, a report by Dawn newspaper quoted PIB police station SHO as saying. According to police, the body was found in a trash heap on an empty plot in the same area in the early hours of Sunday.

Following the recovery of the body, an autopsy was conducted at Jinnah Post-Graduate Medical Centre that showed the girl was raped before she died of the head injuries. One person has been taken into custody for interrogation, the news report said.

Earlier this year, the National Assembly has passed the Zainab Alert Bill to act swiftly in cases relating to minors. The bill will introduce an alert and recovery mechanism for missing children. The bill was tabled in October 2019, as a result of the rape and murder of a nine-year-old girl, Zainab Ansari, in Kasur in January 2018 that sparked nationwide protests and social media outrage.

Child rapes in 2019:

Mansehra – December 2019

A cleric, Qari Shamsuddin, was arrested along with four others for the abuse of a young boy in a madrassa. According to reports, the boy was raped over 100 times and was even physically tortured by the assailants. The child had bruises all over his body and was even bleeding from his eyes.

Muzaffargarh – December 2019

The father of a child registered a case against a cleric of a local shrine. The child came back crying from the shrine after which the father went to register an FIR with the police under section 377 and 53 of the Penal Code.

Peshawar – December 2019

A cleric accused of abusing a child in a madrassa has been acquitted by the court on the lack of evidence. The defense said that the prosecution could not produce enough evidence through medical reports and through mobile location data.

Lahore – October 2019

Cleric Mukhtar Ahmed was arrested by the police on charges of molesting children. The cleric used to go to children’s homes to teach them Quran but was caught red-handed by the parents of a child while he was attempting to molest them.

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