IHC issues detailed verdict on increasing child abuse cases
ISLAMABAD (92 News) – Islamabad High Court (IHC) Chief Justice Athar Minallah issued detailed verdict specifying the rank of police officers who will tackle the matters on increasing child abuse cases on Thursday. During the hearing a petition pertaining to a child abuse case, CJ Athar Minallah issued directives that child abuse cases would now only be handled by police officers on the additional senior police (ASP) rank or above, lower-ranking officers have been declared unfit to undertake investigations. Along with this the court also ordered the Inspector General (IG) Punjab and Commissioner Punjab to formulate an extensive plan to deal with the menace. Other directives involved a proper medical checkup of those accused in the cases by a competent medical board and when a bail plea for such individuals is submitted in the court then a record of his/her past criminal activities should also be attached alongside it. The court will then determine if bail is deliberated for those caught in the act then do their history show a relapsing nature or will the individual stay away from the heinous deed. The remarks were issued in the ongoing Bara Kahu child abuse case currently being heard in IHC.