THE child’s body was found naked in a ditch in Madina Town in Faisalabad at 4:00 in the morning on Nov 1. There it stayed for nearly five more hours, until the police, repeatedly called by the residents who had crowded around the body, finally arrived.
A few months earlier another body of a child had been found lying in an empty plot not much further away. In this particular case, the police arrested a 16-year-old boy and four others, including the administrator of the madressah where both the little boy and his killer had been students. The 16-year-old was charged with molesting and killing the little boy.
This case happened just weeks before the Associated Press released an investigation into the rampant child abuse prevalent in this country’s madressahs. The power of the clerics in the country is such that the poor, whose children are being sexually assaulted and even murdered at the hands of madressah administrators, have absolutely nowhere to go.