Rights Watch | 28th October 2020

Eight-year-old boy raped by 'multiple persons', bludgeoned to death in Kalat, Balochistan; two-year-old girl who had been missing for the past five days found dead in Lower Dir; eight-year-old boy raped by imam in Faisalabad, accused at large.


Minor boy raped, murdered in Kalat

An eight-year-old boy, who had been reported missing a day prior, was found dead on a hilltop near Kalat in Balochistan on Tuesday, October 27.

On Monday, the minor had gone to a seminary near his home but vanished around 4:30 PM, around the time which he would return him. The family reported the boy missing and carried out a search for him together with the police through the night to no avail. On Tuesday morning, police informed the family that the deceased boy was discovered on a hill nearby.

The deceased was shifted to a hospital in Quetta where a police surgeon confirmed sexual assault by multiple persons, and that the child was likely killed when the culprit(s) crushed his head with a rock. DNA samples have been collected from the victim and will be sent to Lahore; results are expected to arrive in a week.

Missing toddler found dead in Lower Dir

A two-year-old girl was found dead on a hilltop in Chakdara, Adenzai tehsil of Lower Dir district, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, on Tuesday. According to reports, the girl had initially disappeared in the Sharab Kohi area of Darra five days ago, when she and her family were attending a relative’s wedding.

The deceased bore torture marks, and was shifted to the Khyber Medical University for an autopsy. A special police team was summoned from Mardan to inquire into the incident.

The incident sparked anger among the local community, who appealed to the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government to ensure the swift arrest and severe punishment of the culprit(s).

Minor boy raped by imam in Faisalabad

An eight-year-old boy was raped by the imam of a local mosque in Gujjar basti in Faisalabad, Punjab, reported police Tuesday. The boy had been sent by his family to deliver the food to the imam, who then subjected the minor to sexual assault before fleeing. A case has been registered against the accused.