Karachi: 3 held over recovery of 26 Bajaur girls
KARACHI: The mystery of 26 juvenile girls recovered during a police raid in Karachi resolved on Wednesday as officials said these children were handed over to a family because of a monetary dispute, Samaa reported.
The police along with Samaa team conducted raid on a house located in Liaqatabad area late last night and recovered 26 minor girls besides arresting three people.
Police investigation teams revealed today that these girls, aging between eight and 10 years, were all students of religious seminary hailing from tribal Bajaur Agency.
During the raid, police arrested the house owner, Ayoub, his wife and a woman who claimed to be caretaker of the girls and running a seminary in Karachi.
Following the investigation, the couple revealed that they owed Rs.0.3 million to the seminary administrator, but could not return the money.
“She was demanding for the cash but we couldn’t pay it off, at which she arrived here along with the girls and handed them to us to raise them and bear their expenses,” Ayoub claimed during interrogation.
The minor girls, mostly clad in identical shalwar kameez, cannot even speak Urdu, according to Samaa correspondent.
MQM leader Rauf Siddiqui visited the house and arranged food for the children, besides distributing gifts among them.
Police were investigating about families of the girls and that how were they brought to Karachi.
Meanwhile, the girls were shifted to a shelter home of the city.