Sindh, Punjab police deny surge in child kidnappings across the country
Talking to ARY News anchor Iqrarul Hassan Syed in his famed ‘Sar-e-Aam‘ show, DIG operations Lahore Haider Ashraf said that there is no sudden surge in such cases.
Sharing figures with media, Haider Ashraf said that 277 such cases were registered in 2011, 254 in 2012, 233 in 2013, 41 in 2014, 333 in 2015 and 253 cases so far have been registered this year. Now in all these cases 1187 children returned on their own while 454 were recovered by police,” said Ashraf.
‘No single case of kidnapping’
SSP West Karachi, Pir Muhammad Shah told the host that this year, not a single case regarding child kidnapping reported in Karachi West.
Shah claimed that a huge number of people are even using the 15 helpline to report such cases and some suspects were arrested on suspicion of being child abductors but investigation seldom proved that the suspect was an abductor.
‘Burqa-clad kidnapper arrested’
Social worker Faisal Edhi told ARY News that just today, New Karachi Station House Officer (SHO) brought before him a 13 year old boy who was trying to kidnap a child.
“Police called in a woman whose child was kidnapped three weeks ago before his mother. The mother identified the kidnapper,” said Edhi.
Edhi added that the kidnapper, during investigation, confessed abducting the child but maintained that he left the child because it was crying too much and then police took it to Edhi Center.
“Today we returned the child to his mother,” said Edhi.
The renowned social worker claimed that the kidnapper confessed working for beggar mafia and used abducted children for the purpose.