A 13-year-old Pakistani girl was raped by two men and buried alive but managed to extract herself from the shallow grave after regaining consciousness, according to local news reports and the New York Post.
The girl was reportedly attacked in an isolated location in the Punjab province as she was on her way to a religious seminary for Koran lessons, the website Outlook India reports.
Her father, Siddique Mughal, told police about the abduction. He told Outlook India that the two men had thought she had died during the brutal assault, thus they buried her on the side of the road.
The girl, however, regained consciousness and managed to dig herself out of the mud. A passerby then took her to a local health center.
Mughal claims that the police refused to cooperate, but that the Lahore High Court Chief Justice’s Complaint Cell instructed them to arrest attackers immediately.
Pakistan faces the challenge of putting an end to child rape, as some believe that HIV can be cured by having sex with a virgin, according to the children’s charity Sahil.
Sahil tells the International Business Times that child rape cases increased from 668 in 2002 to 2,788 last year.
"We still think these statistics are just a fraction of what's going on," Executive Director Manizeh Bano tells International Business Times.
(H/T: New York Post)