SWAT: Police claimed here on Wednesday to have arrested a man, who killed a 13-year-old boy after sexually assaulting him on Sept 21 in Madyan.

Police told journalists that on Sept 21 a resident of Qandeel Bala village in Madyan filed report that his son took his animals for grazing but he was found dead, hanging from a tree.

“My son took his animals for grazing to the nearby fields in the morning but he did not come back till evening. We went after him and a neigbour informed us that my son’s dead body was hanging from a tree,” said SSP Mohammad Nazir while quoting the father of the murdered boy.

He said that police rushed to the spot after registration of the report and collected evidence with the help of which they arrested some people including a prime suspect. During the initial investigation the prime suspect, a relative of the murdered boy, confessed to his crime, he said.

The SSP said that FIR was registered against the accused under section 302, 377, 53CPA and further investigation was underway from him. He said that 86 murder cases were reported by police in the current year and 75 of those were traced while nine other were untraced.

“We traced the culprits in the nine untraced cases and arrested all the accused in the cases,” he said, adding that the three major cases of robbery were also traced in which the culprits were arrested with recoveries.

The official said that unawareness and lack of responsibility on the part of parents were major causes of sexual harassment and violence. He urged parents to take care of their children and fulfill their responsibilities in that regard.

Published in Dawn, September 24th, 2020