Nine arrested for rape, murder of minor girl

KHAIRPUR: Sindh police on Tuesday arrested nine individuals on charges of rape and murder of a minor girl in the province’s Khairpur district.

Seven-year-old Momina Larik, working as a domestic help in Pirjo Goth, was reported on Monday to be killed after being raped. Her body was found in a banana orchard in Hadal Shah village.

The girl often used to stay at her employer’s house, which is why the parents did not report her missing until a full day had passed, said Sukkur range Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Fida Hussain Mastoi. It was only when the parents visited the house that they learned the girl had left two days ago.

Following the news of the incident, a case was registered against three unidentified persons on the complaint of the victim’s father, the police said.

“Police have picked up nine suspects so far,” he said.

The police shifted the body to the Taluka Headquarters hospital, where a doctor confirmed the minor was raped before being strangled to death.

Police officials will get DNA tests of all the suspects conducted at the Forensic & Molecular Biology Laboratory of the Liaquat University of Medical and Health Sciences (LUMHS), while a case will be registered into the incident.

The incident created panic among the locals, who protested the latest gruesome incident of child abuse and demanded that the rapist be arrested.

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