NOWSHERA: In a tragic development, a nine-year-old child has accused his step-uncle of sexually abusing him in Nowshera district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

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. Station House Officer Inayat Amjid said the child was taken to the District Headquarters Hospital Nowshera for medical examination. Police have arrested the accused and presented him before the judicial magistrate. The court has handed him over to police on remand for two days.

The blood and DNA samples of the victim and the accused have also been sent to laboratory for tests. Sources said the accused during initial interrogation confessed to his crime.

The father of the victim child said he is a labourer and his father had contracted two marriages. He said the accused is his step-brother and they are living in the same house. He appealed to the authorities to award strictest punishment to the culprit and provide justice to him and his family.

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

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.

On July 26, Nowshera Police arrested an accused involved in alleged sexual abuse of a nine-year-old girl. The alleged culprit was a cousin of the victim girl.