A judicial magistrate has remanded a school principal accused of raping a 13-year-old student in police custody for four days.
The girl testified in court on Saturday, saying she had been tied up and sexually assaulted.
Shehbaz, the principal of the school in Kot Lakhpat, claimed that the act was consensual.
The police produced the accused in court and sought to keep him in custody for another five days, saying they needed the time to interrogate a co-accused, to find the victim’s blood-stained clothes and to inspect the crime scene.
In her testimony, the 13-year-old wept and prayed to the court for justice.
The accused asked her whether it was not true that she had told him she would not let him sleep and then lay down on a bed with him.
She said this was not true, that she was not given the opportunity to say anything as her hands were bound and her mouth was covered up.
She said that on November 27, the principal sent a messenger (the co-accused) to her home asking that she come in to prepare for board exams, even though it was a Sunday.
She said when she got to the school, the principal locked her in a room and attacked her.
Published in The Express Tribune, December 4th, 2011.