HARIPUR: A teenager has been arrested for allegedly raping a schoolgirl and impregnating her, Haripur police stated on Sunday.
The accused was produced before a judicial magistrate on Sunday morning, who remanded him in to police custody for two days. Khalabat Township police said that 16-year-old Saman Bibi*, a student of grade 10, had a relationship with 19-year-old Zeeshan, son of Safran, from the same area. The two had been in love for a couple of years.
Zeeshan had vowed to marry her and had allegedly raped her intermittently over the last nine months. However, Saman Bibi* fell sick. When her condition worsened, her mother took her to a local doctor who, after examining her, confirmed that she was pregnant.
Saman Bibi* said that the news enraged her parents who first beat her up and then took her to the police station where she lodged a complaint against Zeeshan for raping her. She was taken to hospital again, where doctors confirmed that she was pregnant with an eight-week-old foetus.
The police have registered a criminal case against Zeeshan under section 376 of the Pakistan Penal Code for engaging in underage sexual intercourse with a maximum prison term of two years and fine. He was subsequently arrested.
Published in The Express Tribune, October 17th, 2016.
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