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the examination shed light on this marvel, which is expressed to be pervasive all through the nation from confined provincial groups to urban cities. It is depicted as being disregarded because of the energy of pastors and social repugnance for talking about sexual mishandle of any shape.
This is both due to financial and political pressure applied on police officials, as well as the nature of laws which allow the family of the victim to receive ‘blood money’ in exchange for a pardon, according to interviews on senior officials.
A case of the unavoidable sexual manhandle can be found in the narrative of Kausar Parveen’s child in the Punjabi town of Kehrore Pakka. Her child had been learning at a nearby madrassa when his educator assaulted him. He awoke one night and the teacher was next to him.
I didn’t move. I was afraid,” he says, before recounting how the cleric took off his shirt and pulled down his pants. “I was crying. He was hurting me. He shoved my shirt in my mouth.”
When asked if the man touched him, he nodded.
“Did he hurt you when he touched you?”
″Yes,” he whispers.
“Did he rape you?”
He buries his face in his scarf and nods yes.
Parveen reaches over and grabs her son, pulling him toward her, cradling his head in her lap.
her son was only one of at least three such cases that have emerged in southern Punjab within the span of one month. Other incidents were the gang rape of a sleeping 12-year-old boy by former students of a madrassa and the rape of a ten-year-old who was sodomised by the madrassa’s principal. In the latter case, the boy was also threatened with death if he told anyone of the attack.
The dread enlivened by priests was unmistakable amid the trial of Parveen’s child’s previous instructor, who was given good help by a few individuals from the Sipah-e-Sahabah Pakistan (SSP) association
It’s too dangerous here,” said one person to the reporter, gesturing to the members of SSP standing nearby. “Leave. Leave the courthouse, they can do anything here.”
When the police had been caught him on the spot with his victim, he pleaded innocent in court. “I am married,” he said. “My wife is pretty, why would I do this to a kid?”
Parveen was adamant that she would see justice be meted out to her son’s attacker, pressure from militant groups forced her to drop charges and ‘forgive’ her attacker. He is a free man.
In the past has seen hundreds of cases of clerics sexually abusing children reported by media, with 359 cases written about in the press. This number is “barely the tip of the iceberg”, according to Munizae Bano, executive director of Sahil, an organization that works towards eradicating sexual abuse of minors and tallies cases of abuse in the media.
The official went on to compare the nature of abuse with that of the Catholic Church. “There are thousands of incidences of sexual abuse in the madrassas,” he says. “This thing is very common, that this is happening.”
A former minister requested anonymity, saying: “That’s a very dangerous topic”
However, Religious Affairs Minister Sardar Muhammad Yousaf disagrees with the idea of rampant sexual abuse in madrassas. He claimed to have not read of any cases in the newspapers, but agreed that “there are criminals everywhere”.
Yousaf expressed that the change and oversight of madrassas fell under the ambit of the Inside Service. Be that as it may, the Inside Service reliably declined demands for a meeting.