Residents of the town told this website on Tuesday night that one of the accused Haleem Asif had yet to be arrested and that he was going around the village openly threatening victims of Kasur’s child abuse scandal and their families.
Below is the picture of the accused who is threatening families in the village.
More than 400 videos featuring 280 children forced to have sex, have been discovered in Kasur.
Shocking revelations have come to light after an investigation of the house where the child abuse happened was carried out by ARY News.
Trial in military court?
A petition has been filed at the Anti Terrorism Court of Lahore, seeking trial of the child abuse case in military court.
The court admitted the petition, filed by one Aftab Bajwa, and sought answer from the government whether the case could be taken to a military court.
The petition also urged the court to summon police officer concerned and question them about their action when the child abuse case had been reported.
Judicial commission’s help for probe
Meanwhile, the Punjab Government has written a letter to the Lahore High Court for formation of judicial commission to probe the Kasur child abuse scandal.
The six suspects of the case have been presented to the court and a verdict regarding their plea for bail will be announced shortly.
The ghastly videos also featured one in which a six year-old boy was forced to perform a homosexual act and a 10 year-old girl was filmed being molested by a 14 year-old boy. Most of the victims in the video were under the age of 14.
Punjab Law Minister the minister linked the issue with land dispute and urged media to do responsible reporting on the matter.
He admitted that child abuse cases were being reported in Kasur for last several years.
Pictures of alleged culprits of Kasur child abuse scandal
Another suspect of the scandal has been arrested by the police. The suspect is identified as Usman. The number of arrests made in this connected has reached seven.
The pictures of the alleged perpetrators of the child abuse have also surfaced on social media:
— àR (@adeelraja) August 9, 2015
— àR (@adeelraja) August 9, 2015
Saleem Sherazi is the guy who needs to be picked up by police and investigated. He is a federal government employee. A steno — àR (@adeelraja) August 9, 2015
Videos of these sexual assaults and heinous crimes were committed in Hussain Khanwala village in Kasur district. This scandal came to light earlier this week when parents of the victims clashed against police officials who failed to apprehend those who were behind the child abuse crimes. Close to almost 4,000 people had gathered to protest on Dipalpur Road and were dispersed by police, injuring almost two dozen people.The protesters had accused the police of being involved with the criminal gangs who were perpetuating such nefarious activities.
So far only five of the six alleged criminals in this regard have been arrested and are in police custody. However, people claim that these activities were carried out by a gang of 25 young men and teenagers, who were backed by two individual in their 40s.
The filming of such sexual acts began in 2006 and continued till last year, when almost 400 tapes were discovered. In one clip, a boy is seen to be molested by five to six men. Some of the parents recognized their children from the video clips as victims. These videos were filmed at carious locations; in washrooms, fields, abandoned houses and bedrooms.
We have arrested six persons after registering six separate cases against them on the complaints of the victims. Five of the accused are on physical remand while the sixth has obtained pre-arrest bail,” District Police Officer Rai Babar Saeed told The Nation.
A 13 year-old boy was arrested for having sex with another small boy, however, her mother claimed his innocence. “They (producers of the clips) not only molested the children themselves but they also asked the victims to rape each other on camera,” she said. Another woman claimed “Everyone in this village is a victim. Our children both boys and girls are raped and blackmailed,”
The boys were subjected to such sexual abuse after they were intoxicated with drinks or injected with a drug in their spine.
Tweets condemning the scandal started circulating on Twitter, as the hasghtag #ChildAbuse trended in Pakistan:-
— Zeeshan Shaukat (@ZeeshanShauka1) August 9, 2015
— sumairajamil (@real_sumaira) August 8, 2015
@omar_quraishi anything that is remotely sexual has a market in Pakistan.. we are a sex-deprived nation it seems
— Imtiaz Haidery (@imhaidery) August 8, 2015
PTI, PPP condemns Kasur incident: The leadership of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) have both condemned the incident. PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said that the report is a slap on the face of Punjab Government and called it as the world’s worst human rights tragedy. The party has demanded transparent investigation of the incident and said that the culprits must be dealt with accordingly. PTI Chairman Imran Khan has said that he was shocked to hear about the news and will raise the matter in the National Assembly.
Shocked at the news about 280 children in Kasur, most under 14 yrs, sexually abused & filmed & their families blackmailed for money. 1/3 — Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) August 8, 2015
PTI will pursue this issue of child abuse in Parliament.
— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) August 8, 2015