RAHIM YAR KHAN: A woman was sexually assaulted in Rahim Yar Khan’s Tiranda Muhammad Panah area on Wednesday.
A police official told Express News that accused Sajid Ali barged into the house of S*, a resident of Chak No 142-NP, and allegedly raped her when she was alone.
After committing the offence, the accused left the victim in a semi-naked state and fled the scene. The police shifted the woman to the hospital for treatment and medical tests.
A case was registered against the suspect on the complaint of the victim and raids were conducted to arrest him. Further investigations are under way.
In recent months, cases of sexual abuse have been on the rise across Punjab. Despite these incidents occurring on a daily basis, the government’s counter measures have been largely disappointing.
Most cases have been reported from Faisalabad, Rahim Yar Khan, Gujranwala and other parts of the province. The victims include women and minor girls or boys.
A report issued by NGO Sahil revealed that the highest incidents of sexual abuse involving children were recorded in Punjab.Earlier, Sahil executive director Manizeh Bano said the sexual exploitation of women and children across Punjab had been reported over many years.
She added hundreds of rape cases have been identified, but only a few victims have come forward to seek justice.
* name changed to protect identity
Published in The Express Tribune, August 16th, 2018.