A woman was sexually assaulted in Thekri Wala police limits, Faisalabad on Sunday.
A police official told Express News that accused Muhammad Ashfaq barged into the house of N*, a resident of Chak No 67-GB, and allegedly raped her when she was alone.
After committing the offence, the accused fled the scene. The police shifted the woman to a hospital for treatment and medical tests.
A case no 854/18 was registered against the suspect under section 376 on the complaint of the victim and raids were conducted to arrest him. Further investigations are under way.
Earlier, a woman was raped in Gujranwala. S*, a resident of Fort Abbas, went to meet her relatives in Jandiala Baghwala area. While she was on her way, accused Muhammad Zaman abducted her and took her to an abandoned house. The culprit allegedly raped her and fled after committing the offence.
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.
* Names withheld to protect identity