4-year-old girl allegedly raped in Karachi: police

SSP East later announced that suspect has been arrested and shifted to an undisclosed location for further probe

KARACHI: A 4-year-old girl has been allegedly raped in Essa Nagri neighbourhood, police said Tuesday.

According to a first information report (FIR) registered regarding the case, the four-year-old girl used to go to a nearby house for after-school tuitions where the incident took place.
Area residents told police that the female tuition teacher’s brother allegedly committed the heinous crime. A protest was also staged by people of the neighbourhood, demanding authorities to take action against the culprit.

“The protesters barged into the residence of the suspect and ransacked it, besides also opening fire,” the police said, adding that the entire episode led to a traffic jam at the main Essa Nagri neighbourhood. The victim, police said, was sent to a hospital for medical examination.

The SSP East later announced that the suspect has been arrested and shifted to an undisclosed location for further probe into the matter.

The incident recalls a similar rape incident in the Essa Nagri neighbourhood in September last year when the police officials found a five-year-old girl missing for two days stuffed inside a gunny bag in the port city’s neighbourhood.

Local residents said the body was in an appalling condition as the girl might have been set ablaze. She was later identified. An FIR of her missing was registered at the relevant police station on her father’s complaint.

According to the statistics obtained from the police, Law and Justice Commission of Pakistan, Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, Women’s Foundation, and provincial welfare agencies, at least 11 rape incidents were reported in Pakistan every day in 2020 with over 22,000 cases reported to police across the country in the last six years. However, only 77 accused have been convicted which comprise 0.3 per cent of the total figure.

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