A 12-year-old child who was found dead at a house in Lahore’s Iqbal Town was tortured to death, the police reported on Thursday. On January 30, the victim’s father registered a complaint alleging that his daughter who was employed as a maid, was killed and raped by her employers.
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According to the police, her post-mortem report revealed that she was beaten up multiple times over a period of two months and was starved for long hours. “The report revealed that she was not raped,” the investigation officer mentioned. The police arrested the employer, Saira Bano who confessed to the crime during the investigation.
“Bano said that her sister-in-law Nasreen was also involved,” the officer added, and that that the police are carrying out raids to arrest her as soon as possible.
The 12-year-old was from Sheikhupura and her father said that on January 27 they received a call from Bano asking him to take her back home as she was not feeling well. “When we reached there, my daughter was unconscious,” he said, adding that the child was immediately moved to a hospital where the doctor declared her dead.
A case has been registered under sections 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) and 302 (murder) of the Pakistan Penal Code. In July, the Federal Cabinet approved a bill against the employment of children for domestic help across the country. According to the new clause, any child under the age of 14 years can not be employed as domestic labor.