ISLAMABAD: A man who had allegedly sexually assaulted his nine-year-old niece in an Islamabad suburb last week has been arrested, police said on Saturday.
The victim* and her family worked at a brick kiln near Sector I-16 and lived in makeshift quarters at the kiln.
On March 29, the child’s father had lodged a complaint with the Noon police that an unidentified person had raped the child as she slept in the quarters with her grandmother.
The girl’s father had said that they had tried to chase the suspect when the child made noise but the assailant managed to flee.
Police said the child suffered injuries during the sexual assault and required stitches. The doctors also confirmed the sexual assault.
Later, police had shifted the child to a government-run shelter. After spending a few days with children at the shelter, the girl told police investigators that her paternal uncle* had assaulted her. The child also recorded her statement before a magistrate.
After the statement was recorded, police arrested the suspect on Friday. He was produced before a magistrate on Saturday who granted police three-days physical custody of the suspect.
Police said that the suspect had confessed to the committing the crime before investigators. Police added that the suspect had also been molesting the child.
The victim is still living at the women crisis centre.
*NAME WITHHELD TO PROTECT IDENTITY
Published in The Express Tribune, April 9th, 2017.