Pakistan PM Imran Khan reacts to Pakistan child abuse scandal
Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan.- Reuters file photo
Imran Khan also informed the people about the actions that have been taken by the police so far.
Protests erupted in Pakistan's Kasur on Wednesday, a day after the remains of three minor boys, whom the police said were murdered after being raped, were recovered in the city's Chunian tehsil, the media reported.
Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan responded to the scandal saying that, "there will be accountability for all. Those who do not perform in the interest of the common man will be taken to task." He made the statement on his official Twitter account.
Khan also informed the people about the actions that have been taken so far by the Punjab Police and the provincial government in this regard. The actions are as follows:-
1- DPO of Kasur is being removed
2- SP investigation Kasur has surrendered and a charge sheet is being filed against him
3- DSP and SHO have been suspended
4- A major overhaul of the police department in Kasur is on the cards
5- Formal probe is being ordered under Additional Inspector General of Police
Protesters blocked roads in Chunian city of Pakistan and burned tyres while raising slogans against the police. Angry crowd surrounded a police station and pelted stones at it as they protested against lack of arrests and incidents of child abduction, Dawn newspaper reported.
The local traders association and the Chunian Bar Association also called for a strike against the abuse and demanded that the killers be immediately arrested.
The remains of at least three of the four children who went missing from Kasur over the past 75 days were found on Tuesday, the police said, confirming that all three were brutally raped before being buried underground, according to Geo News.
Locals say a fifth child was also missing and they suspect that a racket was behind the rape-murder of minor boys.
District Police Officer for Kasur Abdul Ghafaar Qaisrani said that nine suspects were taken into custody and their DNA tests were being conducted. The results are expected within 24 hours.
In the last few years, Kasur has been rocked by multiple incidents of abuse, rape and killing of children. The deaths are a chilling reminder of the horrific rape and murder of a six-year-old girl whose body was found in a trash heap in the city in January 2018.
(With inputs from IANS)