A local court on Friday sent a 22-year-old man accused of raping a 10-year-old girl on a judicial remand. The accused and the victim are both residents of Mehrabadi in Islamabad’s sector G-12.
DNA samples of the accused have been collected and will be submitted to a laboratory tomorrow, said Ramna police Sub Inspector Afzal Kalyan, the investigating officer for the case.
According to Kalyan, the accused and the victim’s family are neighbours. The girl’s mother had sent her to the neighbour’s house to get some ice from the refrigerator. When the girl returned, she was crying and after the mother inquired what had happened, she said the neighbour’s 22-year-old son had raped her inside his house, the police said quoting the child’s mother.
Kalyan confirmed that the accused is the son of the local mosque cleric. He said the girl’s mother and uncle reported the incident to the police on Thursday afternoon. The police registered a case against the accused after a medical examination indicated the girl had been raped.
The police immediately registered a case and arrested the accused from his house in Mehrabadi. Kalyan said the results of the DNA report are expected within five to 10 days.
The Mehrabadi slum area shot to infamy last year after Khalid Jadoon Chishti, the cleric of a local mosque, accused a Rimsha Masih, a developmentally-disabled Christian girl, of burning pages of the Quran. The police later learnt that he had burnt the pages himself in an effort to scare away the local Christian community, allegedly at the behest of land grabbers. Chishti is currently out on bail.
This is also the third rape incident reported in the federal capital in the past two weeks.
A five-year-old girl was allegedly sexually assaulted at a boys’ hostel in sector F-8 on Monday. Also, on July 17, the Bani Gala police station had registered a case against three men for allegedly raping a 20-year-old woman. The three accused were granted pre-arrest bail by an additional district and sessions court on Wednesday.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 3rd, 2013.
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