JI: (Sirajul Haq demands suo moto notice of Kasur child abuse scandal)

ISLAMABAD: Amir Jamaat-e-Islam (JI) Sirajul Haq on Sunday demanded of Chief Justice of Pakistan Nasirul Mulk to take suo moto notice of a massive child sexual abuse scandal in Punjab’s Kasur District.

Speaking to media representatives after meeting with guardians of the victims in Kasur, he urged the chief justice of Pakistan to take the suo moto notice of the horrific incidents of sexual abuse of children.

The JI amir said that a judicial commission should be formed to probe the scandal on priority basis, adding that results achieved by the commission should be shared with the nation within two weeks.

On Saturday, the nation was shocked by reports of gang of criminals producing and selling illicit videos of child sexual abuse in Ganda Singh Wala area of Kasur in Punjab province for the last 10 years.

Investigations into the massive child sexual abuse scandal – termed the biggest in the country’s history – revealed that around 400 videos were made of 280 minor victims of sexual abuse by the organised gang of over 25 criminals.

Several parents of victims were consistently blackmailed and coerced into paying hundreds of thousands of rupees with threats of releasing the videos in public. Reports said that families in the locality were helpless as officials all along remained apathetic to the incident.

A report presented to the Punjab chief minister on Saturday said six accused had already been arrested in the case while raids were being conducted to arrest the remaining criminals.

Police said another suspect was arrested Sunday morning, bringing the total number of suspects apprehended in the case to seven. Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has ordered a judicial inquiry into the matter to bring the culprits to justice.

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