SUKKUR: The Rohri police arrested a man on Wednesday after he was accused of raping a 10-year-old girl near Mando Dero.
S had accompanied her aunt and uncle to the cotton fields belonging to landlord Zulfiqar Bhutto on Tuesday afternoon. When she returned to her makeshift house to get lunch she was allegedly assaulted by the caretaker, K. S lost consciousness and he managed to escape.
S’s uncle took her to Dubbar police station and, after receiving a letter, he rushed her to the taluka hospital. Dubbar police registered a case against K on the complaint of her uncle and arrested him, confirmed the SHO.
At the hospital, S’s aunt L told The Express Tribune that K lived in their neighbourhood of Alipur in Muzaffargarh district. He brought the family to Rohri to pick cotton at the fields and we have been working there ever since, she said. The family was living in a makeshift house that was provided by the landlord.
L explained that she would prepare the meals and the family would have lunch around the same time every day. On Tuesday, she had sent S to get their lunch from the house but when she did not return after an hour, they became worried. They went looking for her and saw her lying on the ground unconscious. S told us all about what happened when she regained consciousness at the police station, L said.
S narrated that the accused was already present in the house and had grabbed her as soon as she came. She shouted for help but no one could hear her and later she fainted.
Talking to The Express Tribune, Dr Abdul Aziz Abbasi said that the girl was brought in to the hospital late at night. Her medical check-up was carried out by a female doctor, Shahjehan, who confirmed that S was sexually assaulted.
Published in The Express Tribune, November 25th, 2010.