GOJRA, Faisalabad – Local police on Saturday arrested a 15-year-old boy for allegedly sexually molesting and murdering an eight-year-old girl in Gojra, a Tehsil headquarters in Punjab province.

The girl body was found in fields on Friday evening from where it was shifted to a hospital for medico-
legal formalities and later handed over the body to the family, said the police official.

The suspect, identified as Abdul Rehman, was the cousin of the minor.

Taking notice of the brutal incident, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has directed DPO Toba Tek Singh to submit a details report on the incident within 24 hours.

The chief minister also directed the police to immediately arrest the accused and bring him to justice.

Expressing sorrow and grief after the incident, he expressed sympathies with the victim family and assured them all possible assistance. He said the family will be provided justice at all cost.

In October 2015, a sessions court in Karachi had sentenced a man to 12 years in prison for subjecting his teenage daughter to a sexual assault. The court had also imposed a fine of Rs50,000 on the man.

Since the start of 2018, there has been a marked upsurge in the reporting of sexual abuse cases across Pakistan. The brutal rape and murder of Zainab Ansari in Kasur, in particular, shocked the entire country, with #JusticeforZainab becoming the rallying cry in a nationwide drive to end violence against children.