This is disgusting.
An Eight-year-old orphan from Green Town, Lahore was tortured by Police Officers in Raiwind after being accused of stealing a phone.
The boy, Ahmed, was beaten and taken to the Raiwind Police by a mobile shop keeper who speculated that he was an accomplice to a swindler stealing his shop’s phones on Monday. Once the police took him into custody, they allegedly beat him to such extremes that they had to let him go the next day as he was unable to walk or sit.
When questioned, the boy explained the awful details of his time in custody and said that the Officers had him sit on a heater until and unless he confessed to stealing the phone.
He said they tied his legs together with a rope and hung him upside down, beating him with clubs and later, one of the officers tied his feet together and hit the soles of his feet.
According to the shopkeeper, the boy and his ‘father’ had come into the shop to buy two phones. The Father assured that his son, the victim, would stay in the shop while he would go source the money. However, when he didn’t show up, he handed the boy over to the police.
Chief Minister Usman Buzdar has ordered an investigation to be launched on the Officers and their absolutely unacceptable behaviour. These kinds of torture tactics are usually used on criminals and terrorists in order to obtain information that can potentially help a case or investigation.
Subjecting an eight-year-old boy who didn’t know any better to potentially life-threatening physical torture is inhumane and absolutely disgusting.
Talk of reform of the Pakistani Police Force has been going on for quite some time, whether it has been to condemn corrupt officials or regulate proper law enforcement.
An incident in Sahiwal just last month involving the police in the area killing innocent people on false pretences was a similar story in which armed forces exercised violence on private citizens without real cause to react.
This should not just be a warning for Officers this needs to be the catalyst of change that is so very needed in our security system. If we can’t trust them with the care and custody of an eight-year-old boy, how can we trust them to protect us when we need it?
Pakistanis upon hearing the incident, have been absolutely floored by the details of the story.
omfg why isn't there more noise around this?! these fucking beasts deserve slow, painful deaths.https://t.co/d5IwKdRpck
— you know, in abroad (@merabichrayaar) February 21, 2019
They have been expressing their disgust and doing their best to give the story the light it needs.
One of the policemen, he said, also tied his legs and hit the soles of his bare feet. Ahmed further said he almost fainted after torture by police during late night hours. https://t.co/ceOrrTs7FU @ImranKhanPTI @ShireenMazari1 #PoliceReforms #RaiwandIncident #Torture #ChildRights
— Rubab Mehdi H Rizvi (@RubabMehdiRizvi) February 21, 2019
Lahore police torture 8yr old boy in custody. Horrifying pictures of the kids tortured body are circulating on social media. From shooting children in Sahiwal to torturing kids in Lahore the training of Police is raising serious questions @ShireenMazari1 https://t.co/gm1eB0B6lJ
— M. Jibran Nasir (@MJibranNasir) February 20, 2019
8 year old suffers 3rd degree torture by raiwind police. Responsible officers should be investigated for this blatant violation of #HumanRights #Lahore #ChildRights#PoliceReforms https://t.co/Mjo4hcrpMq
— Yusra Qadir (@yusraqadir) February 20, 2019
The third-degree torture on an eight-year-old orphan boy by Raiwind police is unacceptable. It's good that CM & IGP took the notice but @ShireenMazari1 look into this matter and make sure that the culprits are behind the bars: Complete details:https://t.co/fYoPspFgpZ
— Fatima Anwar (@fatimasadozai) February 20, 2019
Torture of an eight-year-old orphan boy allegedly by officials of the Raiwind, #Punjab police in illegal custody gives lie to the tall claims of the authorities of reforming the police force. #PoliceReforms @ImranKhanPTI #PakistanisAgainstChildAbuse https://t.co/z1yODWmB49
— Arshad Mahmood (@amahmood72) February 20, 2019
Police brutality has been questioned in other parts of the world, especially the United States and it is a massive topic of concern. Given tensions between India and Pakistan are high and animosity remains, it is more crucial now than ever for our internal forces and security to be at the highest performing level they can possibly be. If worse comes to worst and some kind of war is imminent, we need to make sure that checks and balances are being monitored at every level.
So far no arrests have been made, this piece will be updated with any additional updates.
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