Lahore: Deputy prayer leader ‘sexually assaults’ 8-year-old boy
LAHORE: Ghaziabad Police registered a case against a deputy prayer leader for allegedly sexually assaulting an 8–year–old boy in Tajpura on Wednesday. The police said that Hassam Akhtar, resident of B-Block Tajpura Scheme, was enrolled at a local mosque seminary. On October 20, Hassam had gone to collect his father’s clothes from the laundry. They said that Hassam was on his way home when Ahmed Ali took him to the mosque. Later, he took Hassam to an unknown place where he allegedly sexually assaulted him. The police officials said the locals got infuriated and severely beat up Ali, adding that his colleagues immediately rushed him to the Services Hospital.
Ghaziabad Police registered a case on the victim’s father’s complaint. The official investigating the case, Assistant Sub–Inspector (ASI) Qayyum said that he had taken the victim’s family to a magistrate to seek permission for a medical, as Hassam was a minor. However, the magistrate was not available. He said that he would ensure Hassam’s medical examination was conducted on Thursday, adding that the case depended solely on the medical exam. The victim’s father, Akhtar Ali, said that he worked at a garments factory and had gone to Sialkot for some official work. He said that when he returned, his wife informed him about the incident. He said that he was considering moving to a different locality after the incident. He said that he felt ashamed of telling people about the mishap, adding that his son had been extremely quiet since it happened. He said that his son informed him that Ali had threatened him, saying that he would murder the boy if he told anyone about the incident. The accused denied sexually assaulting the boy, adding that he would have a case registered against the people who had beaten him up.