KARACHI: Karachi police on Friday arrested from Shafiq Colony in Federal B Area a man while he was trying to dispose of the body of an 8-year-old boy he allegedly murdered after raping him.
A police official said the man was going to dispose of the body but was intercepted by the residents. Upon discovering the body, his relatives to block the main road in protest.
The victim, Haris, had gone missing in Shafiq Colony, Block-22 of Federal B Area, at around 6:30 pm on Thursday, the area’s Station House Officer (SHO) Farrukh Shaharyar said. The officer added that a First Information Report (FIR) was not filed. The family had instead made announcements at the local mosques.
The residents saw a man carrying something in a cloth bag made out of a bedsheet. They got hold of him and discovered the boy’s body in the bag, according to the officer. The officer further said that they reportedly held a ‘jirga’ to settle the issue.
The body had bruises on the neck and was shifted to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital for an autopsy.
A medico-legal officer (MLO) at the hospital confirmed that the boy has been raped before being murdered. He said they have found some evidence suggesting he was sexually assaulted but await a chemical examination report that would confirm the rape.
Police registered a case against the held suspect on the complaint of the victim’s father on charges of murder and rape.
During the initial probe, the suspect at times admitted to having raped and killed the boy but at other times denied doing so, the SHO said.
The body was handed over to his family after the medical examination for burial.