School principal in Peshawar handed 105 years in prison for child abuse, rape

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ISLAMABAD; Oct 30, 2018: A lower court in Peshawar on Tuesday handed a total of 105 years in prison to a private school principal on charges of child abuse, pornography, rape, blackmail and maintaining illicit relations.

The convict, Attaullah Marwat, was also slapped with Rs1.4 million fine in addition to the jail terms.

The accused, who is the also the private school’s owner, was arrested after the Hayatabad police station in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa registered a case against him in summer of 2017, on the complaint of a boy student, who had accused him of sexually exploiting schoolchildren, including girls, and filming them with secret cameras installed on campus.

A trial court had framed charges against him on eight counts under the Pakistan Penal Code of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Child Protection and Welfare Act, 2010.

Marwat was charged on different sections of the law including: stripping a woman of her clothes, punishment for rape, sexual abuse of child, 4counterfeit currency, adultery and sexual harassment, child pornography, seducing a child and sexual abuse.

He was found guilty of all charges and handed various jail sentences under each section — resulting in a total prison term of 105 years.

The issue had surfaced after a student of the said school (name withheld) had told the police that the accused was involved in sexual exploitation of students and teachers.

In the first information report (FIR) of the case, the police had said that when they raided the school, the accused tried to conceal his two cell phones, which allegedly had several objectionable videos involving schoolboys.

It added that the accused used three rooms of his school for the illegal activities.

The police had recovered memory cards and USBs and saw several videos showing the principal sexually exploiting students, including girls, in different parts of his school.

The article originally appeared in Dawn.

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