ISLAMABAD: The vulnerability of child maids in the capital was in the spotlight again after a 12-year old girl escaped an alleged sexual assault attempt.
Police, though, have arrested a 22-year old suspect for trying to sexually abuse the child maid in Sector I-11.
The alleged victim*, who works as a housemaid with a family in the PHA flats in Sector I-11/1, told the Sabzi Mandi police that on Wednesday afternoon, she went to the roof to fill the water tank. There, when a 22-year-old man allegedly grabbed her and molested her.
10% increase in child abuse cases in Pakistan
The victim said that undeterred by the alleged threats of her assaulter to kill her, she screamed. The commotion alerted people nearby who rushed to her rescue.
The area residents apprehended the man and thrashed him. Later they handed him over to the police. Police have booked him for sexually abusing a child.
Meanwhile, as part of an on-going search operation in Islamabad, police and Rangers conducted combed various areas of Bani Gala on Thursday including Mohrian and Kuri Village.
During the door-to-door search, police arrested 14 suspects and recovered weapons from them, a police spokesman said.
*NAME WITHELD TO PROTECT IDENTITY
Published in The Express Tribune, March 31st, 2017.