Stunning disclosures – shame on them

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Pakistani celebs share their bitter sexual abuse experiences, reports of abduction raping and killing of children

KARACHI: The rape and murder of six-year-old Zainab Amin in Kasur, Punjab has outraged Pakistan and with the ongoing conversation about the need to provide a safer environment for our children, celebrities like actor Nadia Jamil and PR maven Frieha Altaf have come forward with their own childhood experiences of sexual abuse.

Designer Maheen Khan

By sharing their stories, they hope to highlight that Pakistani society is rife with child sexual abuse and that our culture of silencing and shaming the survivors needs to stop ‘Dawn’ has reported.
Sharing the abuse she suffered at various points in her life, Nadia Jamil shared, “My family still wants me to stay silent. But the shame is not mine”.
She says: “When I sexually abused it was by my Kari sahib, my driver and then by a highly education elite families’ son. Now a happily married business man in London. It’s across the board. Men abuse across the board. My family still wants me to stay silent. But the shame is not mine”! Never ever.
Frieha Altaf also touched on her silencing: “My parents took action but everyone remained silent as if it was my shame.”
“I was sexually abused by our cook at age 6. My parents took action but everone remained silent as if it was my shame. At 34, I realised how it had impacted my life. The only shame is keeping silent”.

PR maven Frieha Altaf

Designer Maheen Khan shared her story as well. She says; “The maulvi who came to teach me the Qura’n abused me sexually. I froze in fear day after day. Share in support of children subkected to the sick acts…by socalled custodians of our religion.
Cleric arrested in Karachi
A cleric was arrested in Karachi on Sunday over allegations of raping his 14-year-old student, said Senior Superintendent Police (SSP) East Dr Samiullah Soomro.
A student of Madressahtul Uloom on Sunday informed Gulistan-i-Jauhar police that his teacher had sexually abused him on Friday night inside the madressah, following which a first information report (FIR) was registered under Section 337 of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC), Dr Soomro said. Section 337 relates to “unnatural offences” defining them as “voluntarily [having] carnal intercourse against the order of nature with any man, woman or animal.”
The accused was arrested within seven hours of the report being filed, SSP East said, adding that the medical test of the boy showed he had been raped. The SSP has announced a Rs10,000 cash award for Sharea Faisal Assistant Superintendent Police (ASP) Hamza Amanullah and his team.

Nadia Jamil

The latest incident comes in the wake of widespread outrage and demonstrations across the country protesting against the rape and murder of 6-year-old Zainab Amin in Kasur, whose body was recovered from a trash heap in the city earlier this week. As the country reeled from Zainab’s murder, the body of a 15-year-old girl who was allegedly raped and murdered was recovered from a field in Tasawarabad, some 40km off Sargodha on Thursday.
Another child molested
In Karachi, police on Saturday arrested a man from Karachi’s Napier Road area for allegedly sexually assaulting a minor boy.
Napier SHO Azam Khan told that a widow filed a complaint stating that her six-year-old son had gone to buy eatables from a bakery in Lea Market where he was allegedly subjected to criminal assault.
Police arrested the suspect, who was an employee at the bakery, and registered a case under Section 377 (unnatural offences) of the Pakistan Penal Code. The suspect was presented before a judicial magistrate who remanded him in police custody for two days for interrogation, the SHO said.
Sargodha
Police registered a case a man, of Bkhar Bar in Shahpur, for kidnapping and trying to rape a seven-year-old girl. The girl’s parents alleged police were avoiding to arrest the suspect.
Toba Tek Singh
Rajana police arrested on Saturday the main accused of a girl’s kidnapping and gang rape case. The suspect with his accomplice, who is already in police custody, had kidnapped and gangraped the teenage girl, the daughter of a farmer of chak 358 GB one week ago.
Rajana police had rescued the girl from outhouse of main accused on Jan 11. According to the family, the girl’s medical examination report had proved that she was gang raped.
Dera Ghazi Khan
Police on Saturday arrested a man who allegedly attempted to rape a sixth grader in Dera Ghazi Khan district of Punjab.
Initial reports suggested that a man dragged a 12-year-old girl from the street into his house in Kala area when she was on her way to a religious seminary early in the morning.
The victim put up resistance and cried out loud, prompting the neighbours of the suspect to rush to his house and rescue the girl. The suspect, however, managed to flee the scene before they arrived.
Kala police registered a case against the suspect and launched a search operation to arrest him. Subsequently, the accused, who runs a clothing shop in the area, was arrested on charges of attempting rape on a minor.
Saddar sub-divisional police officer (SDPO) Bashir Ahmed Awan told Dawn that Kala police station SHO Chaudhary Azhar Hussain had arrested the accused from the riverine area of Bait Sawai hours after filing the case against him.
The latest incident comes days after widespread outrage and protest demonstrations erupted across the country against the rape and murder of 6-year-old Zainab Amin in Kasur, whose body was recovered from a trash heap in the city earlier this week.