Friday Sep 20, 2019
KASUR: Another child was abducted from Punjab’s Kasur area on Thursday night, adding to the ever-growing cases of child abduction in the city.
According to details, two motorcycle riders attempted to abduct two children from Hashim Chowk, however, after being followed, the motorists left one of the boys behind in a state of unconsciousness.
As of reporting time, the other child was still missing, while the other left behind was shifted to Tehsil Headquarter Hospital.
Police said the minor under treatment at the hospital has been changing his statement. Authorities further said no one has come forward about the alleged abduction of the other child.
The recent abduction case comes after the remains of at least three of the four children who went missing from the city's Chunian locality were found earlier this week.
All three were brutally raped before being buried underground, police said, triggering fear in the city.
Police said, 12-year-old Imran of Rana Town had gone missing on June 1, eight-year-old Ali Hasnain and nine-year-old Salman in August, and eight-year-old Faizan on September 16. Only Faizan's complete body was recovered, whereas the bones of the remaining two were recovered from sand dunes in the Chunian Industrial Area.
Although only Faizan was identified since his complete body was recovered, the identities of the other two children would be confirmed once the results of the DNA test would be made available.
12-year-old Imran of Rana Town was still missing.
Prime Minister Imran Khan after taking notice of the incident announced a major overhaul in the local police set up in Kasur, as horrific cases of child sexual abuse continued to surface in the Punjab district.
In a tweet, PM Imran said the District Police Officer (DPO), Kasur Abdul Ghaffar Qaisrani, and SHO in Kasur had been removed and that a major change in the local police ranks was on the cards, a day after three minor children missing for months were found raped and murdered.
The PM said that in relation to the Kasur incident, there will be accountability for all, adding that those who do not perform in the interest of the common man will be taken to task.
Punjab registered an alarming number of child sexual abuse cases over the past seven months, records indicated.
Punjab police, citing its records, said at least 126 child sexual abuse cases were registered in the last seven months, depicting a concerning rise in the incidents of sexual violence in the province.
Police further said some 129 alleged rapists were named in 126 first information reports (FIRs) registered over child sexual abuse at various police stations across Punjab.