Victim was recovered unconscious from a Lahore hotel on Dec. 25.
The Punjab Forensic Science Agency has found evidence supporting the claim of a 15-year-old rape victim in Lahore.
DNA tests conducted by the agency confirm that the girl, whose name is being withheld to shield her privacy, was sexually assaulted. An agency official, who asked not to be named, told Newsweek on Friday that traces of the saliva and semen of Adnan Sanaullah, one of the eight men accused of the crime, was found in samples taken from the victim’s mouth and anus, which was bruised. The injuries are about a week old, the official said.
Punjab Forensic Science Agency Director General Ashraf Tahir on Monday confirmed the findings of the DNA report. “The semen belongs to suspect Adnan Sanaullah,” he told Newsweek. “Traces were also found on her trousers.”
Another semen sample collected from the minor’s clothes suggests the likely involvement of another man, but this cannot yet be confirmed.
According to the victim’s family, the 15-year-old girl was abducted from a tailor’s shop near her house on Multan Road. Hours later, the family received a text message alerting them to her location. She was discovered unconscious at a hotel on Mall Road on the evening of Dec. 25. The victim says she was drugged and gang-raped. Eight men, including Sanaullah, are currently in police custody.
“He is definitely the man,” the official told Newsweek referring to Sanaullah, “but the tests have not confirmed any evidence of gang rape.”
Sanaullah has reportedly been affiliated with the ruling Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) party, which denies any link with the accused.
Some recent media coverage of the crime claimed that the minor girl had engaged in a consensual relationship and attributed the rape allegations to a lover’s quarrel. The agency’s findings put paid to such speculation. On Jan. 2, the victim’s family told the press that she had been taken to hospital after she tried to kill herself.