Kasur Child Abuse Scandal,Pakistan Biggest Scandal
KASUR: A gang of criminals active since 10 years, involved in countless cases of extreme child abuse has come to light in Ganda Singh Wala area of Kasur in Punjab province on Saturday.
Investigations revealed around 400 videos were made of 280 victims of abuse by the gang of over 25 criminals.
Several parents of victims were consistently blackmailed and coerced to pay lacs of rupees as they were threatened that the gang would release the videos in public.
Families in the locality are helpless as officials all along have been apathetic to the incidents.
District Police Officer (DPO) Kasur, Rai Babar Saeed said that they have recovered 60 to 70 video clips from which the perpetrators are being identified and action will immediately be taken against them.
Punjab Home Minister, Shuja Khanzada, speaking to Geo News, contradicted various statements by police officials in Kasur and confirmed that the incidents have in fact taken place albeit not in the numbers being portrayed in the media.
He went on to say that the case is indeed terrible and shameful, adding that no stone will be left unturned during investigations.
He further said that every guilty criminal involved will be brought to justice.
Meanwhile, DPO Kasur as well as RPO Kasur later today alleged that there is actually a land dispute linked in the background, adding that two groups from the village are involved in the dispute.
DPO Kasur added that only seven complaints have come up so far while six suspects have been taken into custody.
He also said that the numbers being depicted in the media are being exaggerated and neither is there any atmosphere of fear in the village.
However, this contradicts reports of several clashes erupting all day long between the angry families of victims and police officials.
Latest Updates Dated 11 august 2015
LAHORE: An Anti-Terrorism-Court (ATC) on Tuesday sent the five accused in the Kasur child abuse scandal on 28-day physical remand.
The accused Obaidur Rehman, Atiq, Waseem, Yahya and Tanzeelur Rehman, were presented in the ATC earlier today.
Police had requested a 30-day physical remand.
On Monday, the interim bail extension of the five was denied.
Another four applicants filed their complaints at jail today with regards to the child abuse scandal.
Meanwhile, another new incident in Kasur emerged today in which four suspects were booked in a case of child abuse.
Earlier today, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif formed a Joint Investigation Team (JIT) to probe the massive Kasur scandal.
Investigations into the massive child abuse scandal, termed the biggest in the country’s history, reveal that around 400 videos were made of 280 minor victims by the organised gang of over 25 criminals in Hussain Khanwala village of Kasur.
Amid mounting calls for justice from protesting families, media and civil society, the Punjab government has now formed a five-member JIT headed by Deputy Inspector-General (DIG) Abu Bakr Khuda Baksh to investigate the case and present its report within two weeks.
The investigation team will also include Superintendent of Police (SP) Khalid Bashir Cheema and Deputy SP Liaqauat Ali, as well as two officers of intelligence agencies.
The JIT will investigate the pending cases of child abuse in Hussain Khanwala village and submit its report to the Lahore High Court.