Principal of private school in Karachi arrested on rape charges

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In a significant development, police teams have apprehended the principal of a private school located in the Gulshan-e-Hadeed area of Malir district in Karachi.

The arrest follows allegations of sexual assault on female teachers and other staff members. The Inspector General of Sindh Police, Dr. Raja Rafat Mukhtar, has taken prompt notice of the case and has requested a comprehensive report from the Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Malir.

The accused, identified as Irfan Ghafoor Memon, was taken into police custody on the orders of SSP Malir Hassan Sardar Niazi. According to SSP Niazi, the suspect is facing accusations of harassment from over 25 teachers, staff, and other women. Additionally, a mobile phone recovered from the suspect contained numerous indecent videos. The report further indicates that multiple complaints had been filed against him in the past. The suspect’s apprehension was made possible with the assistance of members of the local community.

Reliable sources within the Sindh police have disclosed that during initial questioning, the arrested suspect confessed to raping four female staff members of the private school. Consequently, an FIR (First Information Report) is being prepared against the prime accused.

Meanwhile, the Sindh Education Department has taken a proactive stance in response to the incident and announced its intention to take stringent action against the school administration. They have requested a detailed report of the incident from the Directorate of Private Schools. In line with this, an investigative committee comprising four members has been formed, with Deputy Director Qurban Ali Bhutto serving as its chairman.

The committee is scheduled to visit the school to gather all pertinent information. Additional Director Ms. Rafia Mallah emphasized that the private school in question was not registered, and appropriate action would be taken against the administration.

Hanif Samoon is a senior journalist based at Thar/Badin and contributes reports from different districts of Sindh to Minute Mirror. He has won a number of awards, including the Agahi Award twice for his stories on health and child rights. He tweets @HanifSamoon1 and can be reached through email at