Abused Pak­istani boy ‘took his own life af­ter po­lice ig­nored pleas’

The China Post - - INTERNATIONAL -

A Pak­istani teenager be­lieved to have been kid­napped and re­peat­edly sex­u­ally as­saulted has com­mit­ted sui­cide af­ter po­lice re­fused to help and even taunted him, the vic­tim’s fa­ther said on Satur­day.

One po­lice of­fi­cial has now been sus­pended for “neg­li­gence”, po­lice have con­firmed.

Muham­mad Ikram, 14, who worked at a fur­ni­ture work­shop in the Rahim Yar Khan dis­trict of Punjab province, was kid­napped by a gang and raped for two days, his fa­ther said.

Ikram was then dumped on a road near his home af­ter his con­di­tion wors­ened but po­lice did not act im­me­di­ately af­ter he and his fa­ther Muham­mad Iqbal ap­proached a po­lice post in Khan­pur city.

Ap­par­ently up­set by the at­ti­tude of po­lice, on Fri­day he threw him­self into the path of a train and was killed.

Ikram’s rel­a­tives, car­ry­ing his body, then blocked a lo­cal high­way in protest. The road was opened only af­ter lo­cal leg­is­la­tors and se­nior po­lice of­fi­cials as­sured the fam­ily ac­tion would be taken against the al­leged kid­nap­pers.

“A gang of three men took my son from his fur­ni­ture work­shop to re­pair a door. But they raped him at their home for two days and then threw him on the road. He com­mit­ted sui­cide af­ter po­lice­men re­fused to register his case and in­stead abused him,” Iqbal told AFP.

Po­lice said they have sus­pended one of­fi­cial and ar­rested a sus­pect ac­cused of rape fol­low­ing the vic­tim’s sui­cide.

“The po­lice of­fi­cial did show re­luc­tance to register the FIR ( First In­for­ma­tion Re­port) of the case. He has been sus­pended for this neg­li­gence and one ac­cused in the case has also been ar­rested af­ter for­mal reg­is­tra­tion of the com­plaint,” Tariq Mas­toi, dis­trict po­lice of­fi­cer told AFP.

The tragedy comes af­ter Pak­istani of­fi­cials or­dered a ju­di­cial in­quiry last week into a mas­sive child abuse and ex­tor­tion scan­dal al­legedly in­volv­ing hun­dreds of vic­tims amid mount­ing calls for jus­tice.

Lo­cals claimed at least 280 chil­dren were filmed be­ing sex­u­ally abused by a gang of 25 men who blackmailed their par­ents by threat­en­ing to leak the videos in the Ka­sur dis­trict of Punjab province.

Ac­cord­ing to Pak­istan’s lead­ing cam­paign group work­ing against child abuse, Sahil, there were more than 3,500 reg­is­tered cases last year — rep­re­sent­ing nearly 10 chil­dren a day be­ing abused.

But coun­selors say the true fig­ure was far higher.

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