SWABI: An accused involved in sexually assaulting a seven-year-old boy in Swabi has been arrested.
According to police, a seven-year-old boy was sexually assaulted in Parmuli village of Razaar tehsil in Swabi on Monday. The accused took the boy to an abandoned plot when he was returning from school and sexually assaulted him.
The victim child alleged that the accused, Ikram Khan forcibly took him to nearby fields where he sexually abused him. Police on complaint of father of the victim child registered a case.
The child’s father said when his son came back home his condition was unstable and he narrated his ordeal. Soon after registration of the case, police raided the house of the accused and arrested him. The victim boy was sent to hospital for medical examination.
Police said the accused during initial investigation confessed to his crime.
Local sources said both the victim child’s family and accused originally belong to Mardan and they are living in Parmuli village of Swabi.
Increasing incidents of sexual abuse in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa have left the parents extremely worried and they remain fearful even while sending their children to schools and madrassas.
On average, one child is being subjected to sexual abuse daily in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and some of them are killed after abuse.
According to statistics released by the KP government, as many as 184 children were sexually abused in the first eight months of this year. In 2018, 145 children were sexually abused, while in 2019, 185 children were abused in KP. Police record shows that most cases of sexual abuse of children were reported from Peshawar, Mardan, Charsadda and Nowshera, while no such case has been reported from Kurram, Kohistan and Hangu during the last two years.
The report shows that 211 accused involved in sexual abuse of children were arrested in 2018, 264 were arrested in 2019, and legal action was taken against 235 accused. Several cases of abuse remained unreported during past. With the increase in reporting of such cases, the ratio of cases has also increased.
Previously, people tended to be reluctant in reporting the cases of sexual abuse owing to social constraints. However, after countrywide campaign against such heinous crimes and debate for strictest punishments, the trend has changed and now more victims are coming forward and lodging complaints against abusers due to which such culprits are getting punishment.