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Police given 24 hours to trace suspects in infant’s rape case

Rabia Ali

Karachi: A 24-hour deadline has been given to the Gulberg police by Consultant on Home Affairs Sharfuddin Memon to trace suspects in the rape case of a five-year-old girl.

Speaking to The News on Saturday, Memon said, “We have taken notice of the issue and have directed the area police to arrest suspects and produce them within the next 24 hours. Also, we are shifting the survivor from the National Institute of Child Health to a private hospital where we will bear the expenses of her treatment.”

The decision was taken after the home department’s consultant held a meeting with senior police officials of the area, and expressed dissatisfaction with the investigation in the case.

Since the family of the girl was not satisfied with her treatment at the government hospital, she has been shifted to the Aga Khan Hospital. Meanwhile, Mohammad Ali of the NGO Roshni Helpline has offered to provide free legal aid to the rape survivor.

The five-year-old girl, M – who belongs to the Hindu community – was allegedly raped by an unidentified sexual predator on the evening of February 26, when she was on her way to a Dhaba to buy tea near her home in Dost Mohammad Goth in Gulberg Town. When the child did not return, her mother rushed outside and found her crying and bleeding profusely near a roadside.

An FIR was lodged under Section 375 of the PPC at the Joharabad police station against unidentified suspects.

Source: Dawn