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Child molestation suspect sent to jail

By: Akbar Bajwa

LAHORE: A man suspected of molesting a four-year-old girl was presented before a local court on Tuesday. Sajjad*, a watchman at the school where the girl studied, was sent to jail on judicial remand.

On Monday, Saima*, a grade one student, returned late from the school and told her parents that she had been assaulted.

Mother of the child filed a complaint with the police. Police arrested two peons, a guard and a watchman. They were set free after questioning except for Sajjad.

Islampura SHO Maqsood Gujjar said that Sajjad had confessed. “He told us that when most of the children had left the school, he took Saima to his quarter and molested her,” Gujjar said.

Clothes and swabs of the girl were sent to the Punjab Forensic Science Agency for examination. A medical examination of the girl on Tuesday concluded that she had been sexually molested.

Police said that the principal of the school, who had also been nominated in the FIR, had obtained interim bail.

Dozens of neighbours staged a protest demonstration outside the school on Tuesday and chanted slogans against police and the school administration. Some of them said that the school be closed.

City division SP Asad Sarfraz met the girl’s family.

*The names have been changed to protect identities

The Express Tribune