OKARA: A man was arrested on charges of sexually assaulting a four-year-old mentally challenged girl in Okara, while a seven-year-old escaped a rape attempt in a nearby village on Saturday.
The police registered a case and arrested the accused after he lured the four-year-old daughter of Noor Ahmed, a resident of Sabir Piya Town, Okara, to a shop and sexually assaulted her. The victim is mentally challenged. Local people gathered on hearing screams of the child but the accused managed to escape.
On the complaint of the minor girl’s uncles, the police registered a case against the accused Tahir. They arrested the accused during a raid and started investigation into the incident. The mother and father of the victim are also reported to be mentally challenged.
Meanwhile, an attempt to rape a seven-year-old girl was reported from Nihal Mahar village near Basirpur.
The girl had left her home in the village on the outskirts of Basirpur to bathe at a nearby tube-well when a man forcibly picked her up and took her to a room, where he tried to rape her. When people working in nearby fields gathered on hearing the screams of the girl, the accused left her and managed to escape from the scene.
A case was registered in Basirpur police station on the complaint of the girl’s mother.
The area police arrested the accused after registering the case under sections 376 and 511 of Pakistan Penal Code.
Several cases of sexual violence have been reported in the district in recent months.
Last month, police registered rape cases of a woman, a teenage girl and a minor boy in various areas of Okara.
In Chak 24D, Mohammad Younis reportedly raped a woman of the village at gunpoint. In the suburban town of Bonga Kharak Singh, a teenaged girl was raped at gunpoint by Mohammad Asghar, son of Fazil.