Girl ‘raped by principal’ may never go to school

Family ‘in shock’, fear no school can be safe.


Rameez Khan December 01, 2011

LAHORE:


The family of a 13-year-old girl who was allegedly raped by her principal might permanently end her education because they fear no school is safe.


The principal of the school on Chandari Road is in police custody for the rape of the class five student on November 27. A medical examination of the girl confirmed that she had been sexually assaulted.

Talking to The Express Tribune at her home, the child said she wanted to become a doctor, but some in her family did not want her to study further. “I want a higher education but my uncle said no. He said I should sit in the house,” she said.

Adil, her father, said that his older brother had advised him not to send the girl to any school. “Sending her to school will be the family’s decision,” he said, but added that he personally wanted her to get an education.

He said that his family was in shock over what had happened to her. “How can a man who teaches the Holy Quran do such a thing?” he said.

Meanwhile, residents of Kot Lakhpat near the school called for it to be shut down and for the owners to be prosecuted for putting children in harm’s way. Many of the students at the school have not been turning up for the last few days.

“They should close the school permanently,” said one parent. “What guarantee is there that this will not happen again?”

Omer, who lives near the school, said many families in the neighbourhood had stopped sending girls to school, even other schools, after the rape. “They fear that their daughters are not safe,” he said.

The accused principal was arrested at Bhatta Chowk on November 30. The victim’s parents said that he had called her to the school on a Sunday on the pretext of preparing students for board exams. She said that he had threatened to kill her if she reported the rape to her parents or the police.

Published in The Express Tribune, December 2nd, 2011.

COMMENTS (26)

goggi | 9 years ago | Reply

Rape is the worst human crime and shows the demonic moral state of the respective society. A crime of murder simply kills the human body and its over. But the crime of rape means, killing the soul and keeping the body alive like a wandering and a breathing corpse. Without a professional counselling, such victims can impossibly get rid of their traumatic experience/s.

The dark figures of rapes and sexual abuse in Pakistan is alarmingly high! The immense violence and a high rate of crimes in Pakistan, has its root causes in the repressive and sick sex moral values, coined from a man-made religion of stone ages. Violence and sexual abuse of children, girls, boys, women and khwaja siras is a normal part of the daily life of Pakistani macho culture which suffers a behavioural disorder.

adeel ahmed farooqui | 10 years ago | Reply ASTAGHFIR-ULLAH.....
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