NOWSHERA: The friendship of a 16-year-old girl with a man in Nowshera ended up quite tragically as he allegedly subjected her to sexual abuse instead of marrying her.

Sources said the accused, Rashid, asked the girl to elope with him and they would settle in Rawalpindi. The girl complied and escaped from her house, but the accused snatched cash, mobile phone and jewellery from her and subjected her to sexual abuse for several days.

Police said the accused left the girl in semi-unconscious condition in Pir Sabaq area and escaped from the scene. Police shifted the girl to District Headquarters Hospital Nowshera where sexual abuse was confirmed. Police has filed a case against the accused on the complaint of the victim and initiated investigation.

The station house officer (SHO) of Nowshera Kalan Police Station said the girl has been sent to Darul Aman on the order of the court. Police said the girl’s brothers had also contacted them for handing over the girl, but she refused to go to her home as she feared she would be killed in the name of honour.

Several cases of sexual abuse of children have been reported in Nowshera recently.

The rape incident of girl was reported a day after a nine-year-old child has accused his step-uncle of sexually abusing him in Nowshera.

The child, Muhammad Asim, told his father that his step-uncle has sexually abused him several times. He said the step-uncle gave him Rs500 and told him to keep quiet. On the complaint of father of the victim child, Akora Khattak Police has filed a case against the accused and initiated investigation.

On August 22, a five-year-old boy was sexually assaulted by two other boys in Mithakhel area of Risalpur in Nowshera.

Police said two boys took five-year-old Zeshan to fields by telling him that they will give him a kite. When the child was sexually assaulted, he started shouting and crying due to which the two assaulting boys escaped from the scene.

On August 15, a five-year-old girl was brutally killed after sexual abuse in Hamza Rashka area.

Police said the victim girl, Samia, went out of her house for playing, but did not return upon which announcements were made in the mosques and later on her body was found stuffed in a sack.