A case has been registered against Sohail Ayaz who raped more than 30 children in Pakistan. Police officials are requesting the families of the victims to come forward so that cases can be filed against the culprit.
Soon after his arrest, a senior police official Rai Mazhar told a local news channel that Sohail was a chartered accountant by profession who was working on the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governance and Policy Project as a consultant, drawing a salary of Rs300,000 and other benefits from the KP government since the past two years. “He used to spend most of his salary on the equipment used to record the live-streaming of rapes. We have sent his laptop and equipment to the forensic lab for tests,” he added.
The leader of an international child rapist gang who live-streamed abuse arrested in Rawalpindi. Sohail Ayaz has confessed to sexually assaulting 30 children. He worked as a consultant for the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa govt. https://t.co/1QiG8Ig91q
— Naila Inayat (@nailainayat) November 13, 2019
The monster on the prowl was arrested after a woman filed a case against him for kidnapping her 13-year-old son, drugging him and then raping him for four days. According to the first information report [FIR] Sohail threatened the child of releasing videos of the crime if he told anyone about the incident.
Further, a case of child abduction was also made against the accused over an 11-year-old who had gone missing around three months ago.
Thousands of child porn images were discovered at his home in Barking, East London after which he was arrested
According to the details, obscene videos and pictures were confiscated from the accused on his arrest, whereas the paedophile also confessed to filming the abuses performed on his most recent victim, whose report became the catalyst for the criminal’s arrest.
According to the Rawalpindi City Police Officer (CPO) Captain Faisal Rana, the accused has confessed to more than 30 counts of child sexual abuse in Pakistan. He also revealed about a network of delinquents involved in child rapes which they filmed, sold or streamed live on the dark web.
Pakistani chartered accountant confesses to raping 30 children & peddling porn in Pakistan. Sohail Ayaz was in UK where he was convicted for sexually assaulting minors. He was also deported from Italy where he was part of a Romanian child pornography ring. https://t.co/vNRNqcNkFq
— Tarek Fatah (@TarekFatah) November 12, 2019
It may be mentioned here that Sohail Ayaz is a convicted paedophile who was deported from the UK in 2009 after serving jail sentences for kidnapping and raping children in addition to circulating videos of the sadomasochistic acts he subjected his victims to on the dark web.
He managed to secure a job in Pakistan’s provincial government’s project under the health and planning and development departments on merit and worked there for around four years until he was arrested in Rawalpindi. It has also raised doubts about the process of hiring consultants in donor-funded projects.
Due to his engagement in fraudulent practices and immoral activities, contract signed between the Governance and Policy Project and Sohail Ayaz on November 1 was terminated with immediate effect.
The UK police had discovered that the convicted rapist was wanted in Italy for being involved in a Romanian child pornography ring before coming to the UK where he volunteered at “Save the Children” foundation to continue targeting children in a similar manner.
Thousands of child porn images were discovered at his home in Barking, East London after which he was arrested.
The judge who sentenced him in the UK had said, “One very disturbing and worrying aspect of this case is that you sought and obtained work at a well-known children’s charity.”
According to a report issued by child rights organization ‘Sahil’ in September, at least seven children are abused in Pakistan daily. The report revealed that from January to June in the current year, 1,304 sexual abuse cases of children have been reported by the media in the country.
The current government is particularly focused on finding out ways which may help to ensure the security of every child in rural as well as urban areas of Pakistan
The report said that the data from January to June in 2019 reveals that 729 girls and 575 boys became victims of sexual exploitation. The cases under major categories included 378 of abduction, 139 of rape, 153 of sodomy, 46 of gang rape, 88 of gang sodomy whereas 12 boys and four girls have been murdered after sexual abuse.
In Lahore only, there were 50 incidents reported last year while nine children had been abducted and 12 reported missing from January to June 2019. January to June data gave grim numbers as it included five incidents of rape, seven of sodomy, three of gang rape and five of gang sodomy.
The most common perpetrator of the child sex abuse was an acquaintance of the victim and the victim’s family. Out of a total of 1,304 cases, 614 cases were such where the abuser was related to the victims or the victim’s family. In all, 142 cases were reported in which strangers were involved in abusing children.
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Experts believe that effective legislation is the key to protecting children across the country. The current government is particularly focused on finding out ways which may help to ensure the security of every child in rural as well as urban areas of Pakistan.