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In seven months, Punjab reported 126 alarming incidents of child sexual abuse

LAHORE: In the previous seven months, Punjab recorded an alarming number of incidents of child sexual abuse, documents stated, one day after Kasur was back in the headlines when the bodies of at least three missing children were discovered.

Punjab police, quoting their documents, reported that in the last seven months at least 126 instances of child sexual abuse had been recorded, representing a related increase in sexual violence occurrences 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.

The brutality of these suspects knew no bounds as police records further indicated that at least three children were murdered after the rapists sexually assaulted them.

Earlier, on Tuesday, the remains of at least three of the four missing children from Kasur’s Chunian locality were found, police had confirmed, adding that all three were raped before being buried underground.

Kasur police had said the body of only one of the four missing children was recovered, while only the remains of the other two were found. The remains were decided to be sent for DNA testing.

According to the police, 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.

As of reporting time, 12-year-old Imran of Rana Town was still missing.

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