NOWSHERA: Nowshera Police on Saturday booked seven accused for allegedly gang raping a teenage boy after a video of the alleged crime went viral on the social media.

The 18-year-old victim boy from Tarkha area of Nowshera told police while filing report that he was outside his house when seven accused forcibly took him to a deserted place and sexually abused him while taking turns. The victim said the accused further tortured him mentally by making a video of the whole act. He told police that this act happened few days back and the accused had warned him of dire consequences if he approached the police.

The sexual abuse victim said he remained silent due to fear of social issues, but when the video went viral then he decided to approach police.

Police have filed a case against the accused and started raids to arrest them. However, no arrest was made yet.

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

In June, Nowshera Police arrested two youth accused of gang-raping a 14-year-old boy in Akora Khattak.

Police said the victim, a resident of Khairabad area, came to police station and said two boys sexually abused him. The officers of Akora Khattak Police took immediate action, conducted several raids, and arrested the two accused.

In May, Nowshera Police arrested an accused allegedly involved in sexual assault on a six-year-old girl.

Police said a resident of Akora Khattak lodged a complaint along with his six-year-old daughter that he was going to mosque for prayer when he noticed cries of his daughter from a nearby under-construction house. He alleged that when he went there, he saw the accused, Sher Khan, trying to sexually abuse his daughter. He said the accused escaped from the scene after seeing him.

It is generally believed that the incidents of sexual abuse incidents are not stopping because culprits are often let off the hook. Such culprits get emboldened due to weak prosecution of such cases and lack of witnesses, often non-pursuing of the case by the victims due to fear of social backlash.

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