Police have arrested a madrassah teacher for raping a 12-year-old girl in Sahiwal on Thursday. The girl, a resident of 39/12-L Chichawatni, was admitted to Chichawatni tehsil headquarters hospital (THQ) in critical condition.
Hafeez, the father of Aiman*, said he had enrolled his son to the madrassah of Maulvi Basit* in Jahanian, a sub-district of Khanewal. He said there were more than 200 students at the seminary.
Hafeez said Basit had first met his daughter when they had gone to Jahanian to enroll his son at the madrassah.
He said Basit had been insisting since then to enroll the girl to madrassah as well. He said he had refused to send her to the madrassah because she was too young to be away from home. Hafeez said the girl had also refused to go to the madrassah saying that she wanted to study at a public school. The girl’s family were away when Basit entered the house on Thursday and raped her. The family caught Basit on their return when he was fleeing. Chichawatni THQ Medical Superintendent Dr Akhtar told the media, “We have kept her in emergency ward. We will refer her to the Sahiwal district headquarters hospital, if need be.” Saddar SHO Chaudhry Saeed Ahmed said they had registered an FIR against Basit.
*Names have been changed to protect identities
Published in The Express Tribune, August 1st, 2014.
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