MANSEHRA: A teenage boy raped and murdered his seven-year-old niece in a remote village of Mansehra on Saturday evening. Akbar Khan, a resident of Chirach Behali village, told the local police that he sent his granddaughter, Tehreem*, to his under-construction house in the neighbourhood to wake up his son, Adil, 17. When she did no return, he enquired Adil about her whereabouts, but Adil expressed ignorance and joined the family in her search. When the family members found Tehreem’s slippers outside Adil’s room, they interrogated him and he confessed of sexually assaulting and strangling her. He said he first hid her in a cupboard but for fears of being caught, he dumped her body in a nearby stream. The police registered a murder case against Adil and obtained his three-day physical remand from a judicial magistrate. The investigation officer said the police have recovered the girl’s body and added that the FIR will be updated with details from the autopsy.
Published in The Express Tribune, September 10th, 2012.