GWADAR: People blocked the CPEC Highway in the Hoshab area in protest against alleged sexual assault on a boy by a solider of the Frontier Corps.
Members of civil society and leaders of all political parties working in Kech district have endorsed the allegation and demanded an inquiry into the incident.
Federal Minister for Defence Production Zobaida Jalal said that the suspect would be brought to justice.
“Very sad incident reported from Hoshaab. The medical examination of the child is going on. Waiting for medico-legal reports. The soldier will be punished as per law,” she said in a tweet.
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According to the local people, the incident took place in Hoshab town the other day.
A resident of the town alleged that his 13-year-old brother was beaten up along with another boy by an FC soldier who also tried to sexually abuse his brother.
The boy was taken to the district headquarters hospital in Turbat where doctors, after conducting his medical examination, did not confirm that the boy had been subjected to sexual abuse.
Dr Lal Mohammad, who conducted medical examination of the boy, said that some torture marks were found on the body of the boy, but no evidence of sexual abuse was found.
He said that the boy was brought to the hospital six to seven hours after the incident and after taking bath. “In this situation it is difficult to find out any evidence.”
However, the elder brother of the boy rejected the medical report and demanded an impartial inquiry into the incident.
On the other hand, FC officials denied the allegation of sexual assault on the boy and termed it a wrong propaganda against security forces.
They said some social media activists were continuously giving an impression that a Jawan of FC had committed sexual abuse with the boy which was not reality.
They said the security officials concerned, while fulfilling the demand for justice, had ordered an inquiry against the FC soldier.
They said some miscreants were making baseless propaganda against the state institutions to misguide people and create misunderstandings between them and security forces, but they would not succeed in their nefarious designs.
Published in Dawn, April 23rd, 2021