Rapes and Killings of Children Haunt a Corner of #Pakistan

(The New York Times)

Child sexual abuse cases keep surfacing in one eastern district, each more shocking. The police say a man has confessed to four recent killings.

By Salman Masood

CHUNIAN, Pakistan — When the 8-year-old Muhammad Faizan went missing on Sept. 16, he was the fourth child to mysteriously disappear in the eastern Pakistani city of Chunian since June. Three other boys had been missing for several weeks.

Muhammad’s father, Qari Muhammad Ramzan, 39, braced for a long search. But devastating news came a day later.

Faizan’s body was found in a deserted area about two miles from his house in a poor neighborhood of Chunian in the Kasur district of Punjab Province. The autopsy revealed Faizan had been raped before being killed.

The police also found two skulls, bones and pieces of clothing near the body. Ghazala Bibi, the mother of a 9-year-old boy who had also gone missing, Ali Husnain, recognized her son’s shirt. The fathers of two other boys, ages 8 and 12, also learned their sons were victims.

The crimes have incited horror and outrage across Pakistan. Angry protests erupted in Chunian after the grisly discovery. People surrounded the local police station, blaming police neglect.

On Thursday, the police chief of Kasur, Sohail Habib Tajik, said in an interview that a 27-year-old man, Sohail Shahzad, had been arrested this week in connection with the four killings after an extensive manhunt.Cont

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/03/world/asia/pakistan-child-rapes-killings-kasur.html#click=https://t.co/L28xJ1xgpX

Ghazala Bibi, center, with her three remaining children. Her 9-year-old son, Ali Husnain is believed to have been killed by the same person who killed Muhammad Faizan.

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