Peshawar: Family seeks action against child molester
PESHAWAR: Mother of an eight-year-old Mohammad Shairan on Monday appealed to the authorities to provide her justice against the influential criminals who were forcing the family into reconciliation after allegedly molesting her minor son.
Speaking at a news conference, she asked the chief justices of the Supreme Court and Peshawar High Court and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa governor, chief minister and IGP to award exemplary punishment to the accused for ruining her child’s life.
Flanked by her minor son and family members, Fatima Arif, wife of Arif Alai of Mithakhel village in Karak district, alleged that the peshimam, or prayer leader of her village mosque, Hazrat Ali, first locked her son up in the mosque on December 15, apparently to punish him for not doing his homework but later molested him in the mosque after sending others children home.
After reporting the case against the accused, the local police arrested him but the officials were reluctant to register the case. She alleged that instead of registering a case against the accused, the local police also registered a case against her family members because the accused was close relative of a police official.
“We had gone to the police station for registering a case in the morning but my husband was asked to come again for getting the copy of FIR at 3pm and was directed to call his two brothers against whom a case of kidnapping was registered,” she alleged.
She and her family elders said they had no trust in local police and asked the authorities to hold investigation through an impartial officer and award strict punishment to the accused for ruining their child’s life and save other children from such injustices.