A minor boy was allegedly sexually assaulted by a shopkeeper on Sunday.
According to the police report, the 14-year-old son of Abdul Majeed, a resident of Shamsabad went to a grocery store to buy cigarettes where the suspect allegedly raped him.
The case has been filed by Imtiaz Ahmed, a resident of Farid Chowk Millat Town. Police arrested the suspect and registered a case against him under Section 377 (Unnatural offences) of Pakistan Penal Code.
Incidents of sexual violence against women and minors have been rampant across the province.
Last month, a 17-year-old boy was raped allegedly by Abdul Ghafoor in Jaranwala Road area near Yasin Chowk.
A minor son of Zafar Iqbal was raped in Sabz Mandi Sudhar area by Liaqat, Basit and another suspect.
Moreover, a five-year-old boy, cousin of Roy Jahanzeb was raped by Nasir in Chak No 632GB.
A 16-year-old boy, the cousin of Asad and a resident of Chak No 122GB, Jaranwala Road, was taken by suspects Ilyas alias Gul, Hasnain Ali and others to an empty plot after a wedding function where they raped him.
Police registered separate cases against the suspects under Section 376 and 377 of PPC and started raids to arrest the fugitives.
On February 28, two boys and a woman were allegedly sexually assaulted in Chak Jhumra. The 12-year-old son of Muhammad Ilyas, a resident of 56JB on Narwala Road, along with his 14-year-old cousin, the son of Nazir, had gone to a function where suspect Naveed, son of Liaqat, and Ali, son of Ashraf alias Achhi, kidnapped them at gunpoint.
The suspects took them to a nearby field, where they subjected the minors to sexual abuse. On February 5, a 20-year-old woman was gang-raped by two neighbours in Mozang area.
On January 31, two teenage girls were sexually assaulted in separate incidents in Dijkot. On January 21, it was revealed that a teenage girl became pregnant after allegedly being raped by unknown persons in Chak Jhumra.
The 13-year-old girl was sexually assaulted by unknown persons who abandoned her when her condition deteriorated. As a result of the incident, the minor girl was diagnosed to be pregnant.
On March 26, the PTI-led federal government decided to set up anti-rape crisis cells in every district in order to curb the growing incidents of sexual assault in the country. These cells will be overseen by an Anti-Rape Ordinance Implementation Committee.
Reportedly, the Federal Ministry of Law constituted the 42-member Anti-Rape Ordinance Implementation Committee to be headed by PTI leader Maleeka Bokhari. Barrister Ambreen Abbasi was appointed the secretary of the committee.
(THE VICTIMS’ IDENTITIES HAVE NOT BEEN DISCLOSED AS A MATTER OF POLICY)
Published in The Express Tribune, May 3rd, 2021.
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