Pakistan: 12-year-old boy gang raped, strangled to death


By Hanif Samoon, Dawn

BADIN: A 12-year old boy was killed in Tando Mohammad Khan after reportedly being gang-raped, stifled and thrown into a water drain by two suspects, the police said on Friday.

SSP Tando Mohammad Khan Shabir Ahmed Sethar said the police have arrested two suspects Abdul Sattar Sathio and Mashooq Ali Sathio who have confessed to the crime.

SSP Sethar said the accused revealed that they have been involved in such acts before as well. The postmortem report of the deceased victim has established gang rape and stifling of the throat, he added.

The Tando Mohammad Khan police on the complaint of the victim’s father Khuda Dino Sathio, registered an FIR under Sections 302, 201, 377 of Pakistan Penal Code.

While talking to Dawn, SSP Sethar said that after further investigations two more FIRs would be registered against the arrested suspects for their involvement in two similar incidents.

In a similar incident last month, a minor girl was abducted from Badin city and was gang raped and killed near Tando Ghulam Ali town of Badin district.

Station House Officer (SHO) Tando Ghulam Ali Dhani Buksh Marri announced the arrest of two suspects and said that in preliminary questioning they confessed that they kidnapped the minor girl and raped her for seven days. They also confessed strangling her to death later, he added.

A report launched by the Society for the Protection of the Rights of the Child earlier this week stated that 10 cases of child sexual abuse took place every day in the country in the year 2015.

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