CHARSADDA: Charsadda Police has arrested an accused allegedly involved in sexual abuse of a 10-year-old Girl in Mirzagan area in the jurisdiction of Prang Police Station.

Police received a report about sexual abuse of a girl in Mirzagan area after which District Police Officer (DPO) Muhammad Shoaib Khan ordered Prang Police Station to take prompt action. The police immediately reached the area and arrested the accused.

The accused, Saleem, resident of Bosakhel, Prang, is stated to be the brother-in-law of the victim girl. A case has been filed against the accused and investigation is underway. Further action will be taken in the light of the medical report.

Sexual abuse of children is continuing in Charsadda and rest of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa despite introduction of strict laws by the government to punish the culprits.

In October last year, a similar incident happened in Sheikh Killi area of Charsadda.

Two and a half years old girl Zenab went missing on October 06 and her body was later on found dumped in fields. The report of the medical board confirmed that the minor girl was subjected to sexual abuse. The report also said that the body of the minor girl bore torture marks.

Charsadda Police has arrested a key suspect on October 10. The suspect was aged between 45 to 50 years and he was a resident of the same village.

A police team took the suspect to the site of the crime amid tight security and the suspect identified the place. Police also recovered a sharp edged weapon (sickle) the suspect used for killing the victim. The shoes of the victim child were also found near the location of crime.

The suspect confessed that he kidnapped the minor girl from outside her house and took her to fields where he subjected her to sexual abuse before killing her.

According to Sahil NGO, more than eight children were subjected to sexual abuse on average every day in the first six months of 2020 in Pakistan. The conviction rate in rape and sexual assault cases is abysmally low, under 3 percent, estimates the Karachi-based War Against Rape (WAR).