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Women protest against girl raped in Skardu

A large number of women protested against the rape of an 8-year-old girl in Skardu few days ago. The women condemned the act and demanded that the government take strict action against the rapists. The girl was sexually assaulted by two men in Olding area of the district, police said.

SP Skardu Ejaz Haider told Dawn on phone on Tuesday that the incident occurred five days ago. He said police had arrested one accused and search was on for nabbing the other.

Mr. Haider said the arrested man was produced before the judicial magistrate where he confessed to the crime. He was later sent to jail on judicial remand. Mr. Haider said police were awaiting medical reports as a team of doctors was examining the girl. The official said influential people were backing the criminals who had also pressurized the poor family of the victim to sign a statement pardoning them. However, he said the girl’s parents gave the written statement to him.

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