A 12-year-old Christian boy named Adan was abducted, raped and killed by his Muslim neighbour.
George Masih, the father of young Adan, told us that Adan was abducted from outside their home on March 9, 2023, and a few days later, his body was found buried in Ashiana. The first information report (FIR) was registered at the Nishtar Colony police station, and the police are carrying on an investigation. One suspect has been arrested, while another is still on the run.
According to Masih, Adan went to buy some groceries from a local shop in their neighborhood at 12pm on the day of his abduction, and his family became worried when he did not return after some hours. They began a search for him, “But all our efforts were in vain,” Masih said. They then decided to go to the local police station in Nishtar Colony and report Adan as missing.
Police registered their complaint against the unknown persons. It is written in the complaint that Adan might have been abducted with the intention of adultery and fornication.
According to Masih, 4-5 days before Adan went missing, he was seen having several conversations with a 26-year-old man named Aamir Ayub. Ayub had been a tenant in the house next door to the family for four months. He is originally from Multan and is suspected of kidnapping Adan.
Amir Ayyub was arrested by the police on 15th March. Masih also claimed that Ayyub is the main accused of Adan’s brutal murder and police investigating him are waiting for post-mortem and DNA test results.
The news of Adan’s disappearance spread in the area and on 13th March, Masih’s relative, a rickshaw driver, was passing from Youhanabad 2 Bridge and saw a crowd of people on the open ground, talking about a dead body in the park. He became curious and subsequently recognized the body as Adan from his dress. The deceased’s face was burnt and was also missing undergarments.
The relative quickly brought Adan’s parents to the site, and when the police arrived, the parents identified the body.
Masih has doubts that Adan was killed after being raped and hit with a heavy object on his head. It was difficult to identify him as his face was badly burnt, as well as his body, and there were several marks of torture.
Massh continued, “The police sent Adan’s body to Jinnah Hospital, Lahore for post-mortem and until today, police have not shared with me anything about Adan’s post-mortem report.”
“The suspect Aamir is in jail, but I don’t know if the police [are] investigating him for the rape and murder of my son,” Masih said.
Masih further told us that police had arrested another young man on suspicion of killing Adan. He states they were “Pressurizing me to identify and give [a] statement against him, but I don’t recognise him because I haven’t seen [him] before. But according to police he has murdered two more in the past, therefore he can be Adan’s killer.”
Sonia George, Adan’s wife, said that they want justice for their son. “We don’t know who has killed him. It is [the] police responsibility to find the killer of our son [and] get us justice.”
Sonia and Masih are both poor and work in a local textile factory. They have four children, three sons and one daughter. Adan was their second child.
The family moved here from Pattoki last year for a better future of their children and to reside in their family house.