Pakistan baby charged for attempted murder
09 April 2014, 10:16
Lahore, Pakistan – A 9-month-old baby has been charged with attempted murder for allegedly taking part in a riot in Lahore, Pakistan.
Time reports that 9-month-old Musa Khan was hauled into a Pakistan court, finger printed, and charged with attempted murder.
According to the Guardian Khan was identified by police after disturbances in a Lahore slum area flared in response to a gas company disconnecting houses with unpaid bills.
A document known as a first information report (FIR) stated that Musa and his co-accused tried to kill the gas company workers and their police protection by throwing stones.
A senior police official in Lahore, Atif Butt, told CNN that the scuffle involved the infant’s father, one of his teenage sons and others in the residence.
In the wake of the media uproar about the incident the Punjab Chief Minister has suspended the Pakistani police official responsible for registering the boy’s case.
In Pakistan it is a common occurrence for police to collectively punish entire families, often at the instruction of the complainant.