LAHORE: Mardan’s four-year girl Asma was subjected to sexual assault, confirmed the Punjab Forensic Science Agency (PFSA) on Friday.
Body of Asma was found dumped in a sugarcane field near her house in Mardan on January 14 after she went missing on an earlier day while she was playing outside her house located in Gujjar Garhi area of Mardan.
Earlier, family of the little girl, local authorities and doctors had voiced suspicion that she was subjected to sexual assault before she was strangulated to death.
Confirming the rape assault on the toddler, Director General PFSA Dr Mohammad Ashraf Tahir said DNA tests were carried out on samples garnered from the crime scene that shows she was raped.
Inspector General of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Police Salahuddin Mehsud earlier said the police are waiting for the forensic report.
Earlier today, the Supreme Court of Pakistan took suo motu notice of sexual assault and murder of the girl.
Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar summoned a probe report on Asma case from chief of provincial police within 24 hours.
The lab said DNA of a person was found on the toddler’s body that indicates the rape of the child. The next step of the probe is to get the DNA matched with samples taken from 200 people to nail the killer.
DNA samples of these 200 people have already been sent to the Forensics Lab for the purpose.