A prayer leader and head of a seminary along with his senior student gang-raped a minor boy in the Hamayatabad area of Khanewal City, according to a media report.
The head of the Madrassa Jamia Al-Habibia left the nine-year-old boy home in critical condition on Sunday morning. When the victim child’s uncle, Ghulam Abbas, asked him about the bleeding, he told him about the ordeal.
According to the report, the child, a resident of Azizabad Basti, was memorising the holy Quran at the Jamia Al-Habibiya since last year. The child’s mother reportedly died a few years ago while his father is suffering from a mental disorder. He was residing at the madrassa and would visit his home once a month.
The child told the police he was gang-raped by his teacher and a senior student in the hujra of ‘Qari Sahib’ at night between Saturday and Sunday. After his condition got worse due to the bleeding in the morning, the seminary head left him home and threatened him of consequences if he told anybody about the incident. On seeing his condition, the child’s uncle informed Rescue 1122 and police.
Rescue 1122 shifted the boy to the District Headquarters (DHQ) Hospital Khanewal where the doctors confirmed the gang rape. The hospital sources said the child was suffering from mental and physical trauma but his condition was stabilising.
Inspector General of Punjab Police Usman Anwar took notice of the incident and directed the Khanewal police to arrest the suspects.
Khanewal City Police SHO Saad Bin Saeed said that both the suspects, namely the head of the madrassa and a senior student, had been arrested. He said both the suspects were taken into custody from the seminary within two hours of the report.
Police booked the suspects under various sections of the PPC on the complaint of the victim’s uncle.