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KARACHI: A teenage girl was kidnapped and allegedly raped in Surjani Town, a senior police officer said on Wednesday.

The police arrested five suspects including a woman who were allegedly trying to shift the victim to Punjab for sale, said Karachi West SSP Dr Rizwan Ahmed Khan.

The 14-year-old girl was kidnapped from Surjani Town on August 26.

The police have registered FIR (508/18) under Section 365-B of Pakistan Penal Code against unknown suspects on complaint of the girl’s father.

Acting on a tip-off on Wednesday, the police raided a house situated in Khuda Ki Basti of Surjani Town, arrested five suspects including a woman and recovered the girl.

“During initial interrogation, the girl disclosed that the accused kidnapped her [when she was on her way home] and took her to some unknown place at Nazimabad where they raped her,” said the SSP West.

“Today they shifted her to Surjani Town and were planning to shift her to Punjab for sale,” said the SSP, adding that further investigation was in process.

Another officer, Surjani SHO Nasrullah Khan, told Dawn that they have sent the girl to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital for medical examination.

The girl, who works in bungalows in the area from where she was kidnapped, told the police that she was returning home when a rickshaw driver allegedly kidnapped her. The officer said that the girl was kept at the home of the arrested woman.

The girl belonged to Karachi while the kidnappers originally hailed from Rahim Yar Khan in Punjab.

Published in Dawn, August 30th, 2018