10-year-old raped by relative in Peshawar

According to Hashtnagri DSP Attiq Shah, the accused was a 35-year-old man who was married and had children


Riaz Ahmad April 30, 2016
PHOTO: REUTERS

PESHAWAR:


A 10-year-old boy was raped by a relative in Mohalla Hussainia within the jurisdiction of Hashtnagri police station in the city Thursday night. He was taken to Lady Reading Hospital (LRH).


The boy told the police his relative Nadir Ali tortured and raped him. He said there was a wedding in his neighbourhood and everyone was busy in the preparations.

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Abuse of trust

Thursday night Ali, who also lived in the neighbourhood, asked him to go to his house and bring his keys. Ali followed the 10-year-old to the house and locked the door. He was armed with a pistol.



The rape survivor said Ali raped him and threatened to kill him if he told anyone. However, the 10-year-old went home and told his father about the incident.

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Speaking to The Express Tribune, Hashtnagri DSP Attiq Shah said the accused was a 35-year-old man who was married and had children.

“Unfortunately, after the [boy] told his father, the latter informed other relatives,” he said. “This provided the accused the opportunity to escape along with his family before the police could arrest him.” Shah added the police raided Ali’s house but it was locked.

Reporting rape

Imran Takkar, a child rights activist, told The Express Tribune more people have started reporting rape cases in Peshawar. He said this was positive development as the focus was no longer on remaining silent in a bit to salvage “honour”.

“Once a case is reported, an effective response must follow,” he said.



Takkar said there is no active child protection system in the country. The Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Child Protection and Welfare Act 2010, introduced during the Awami National Party-led provincial government, was the first attempt in the country to protect children from abuse. He said the current Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf-led government had not followed in ANP’s footsteps. “The PTI government failed to provide funds to the K-P Child Protection and Welfare Commission (KPCPWC),” he said.

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Breaking the silence

Arshad Mahmood, another child right activist, said there is an ever-increasing number of child abuse that cannot be ignored.

“There is a need to take solid steps to prevent child sexual abuse,” he said. “The K-P government should take steps to establish a child protection system in the province.”

Mahmood said, “Rules of the 2010 legislations should be notified immediately and allocations should be made for this purpose in the budget.”

Published in The Express Tribune, April 30th, 2016.

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COMMENTS (5)

Iftikhar Mubarik | 5 years ago | Reply @ChrisCork As per my understanding you are talking about the establishment of "Child Protection & Welfare Bureau Government of the Punjab which was established under "The Punjab Destitute & Neglected Children Act 2004" and primarily responsible to rescue Child Beggars,Destitute and lost Children including Street Children, but Mr. Takkar point is very much valid that beside this fact that many small scale (having limited mandate) interventions from Government introduced time to time, but beside these interventions there is still dire need to develop a comprehensive Child Protection System to respond in cases of Violence Against Children. In addition to response after incidents an effective Child Protection System will ensure to introduce such mechanisms which will contribute in prevention of such incidents which existing CPWB is not addressing, as this have a limited legal mandate to intervene. Still the Punjab (Largest province of Pakistan- Population wise) was not able to finalize its "Child Protection Policy" as well as Plan of Action to address violence against children. I also endorse Mr. Takkar and believe too yes small scale interventions are appreciate but Government should adopt a System Approach to Protect Children from all forms of abuse & exploitation
Imran Takkar | 5 years ago | Reply @Chris Cork: Child Protection System is a comprehensive and sustainable approach to preventing and responding to child protection issues, comprising of the set of laws, policies, regulations and services required across all social sectors, especially social welfare, education, health, security and justice to respond to and prevent protection-related risks......
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