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2 main culprits awarded life term in child abuse scandal

LAHORE: An anti-terrorism court (ATC) awarded life imprisonment to two convicts Faizan Majeed and Haseem Amir on Monday.

Court also imposed a fine of Rs 300,000 each on them, while deciding a case registered in connection with Kasur child abuse scandal.

ATC Judge Chaudhry Muhammad Ilyas proclaimed the decision after hearing arguments of the parties and examining the available evidence.

According to the findings of a five-member JIT team led by DIG Abu Bakar Khuda Baksh found 19 sodomy victims. The findings were released after the team members investigated 31 FIRs, interviewed more than 400 people. JIT also examined a total of 47 video-clips and 72 photos in the light of Punjab Forensic Science report.

According to the prosecution, the Ganda Singh Wala police registered FIR 256/15 against the convicts on charges of child exploitation, extortion and others.

The convicts were involved in a total of 18 cases, registered in connection with Kasur child abuse scandal.

Still 14 cases are pending against them before the ATC, whereas they got bail in other cases after the proceedings were transferred to the session’s court.

A mega scandal of child sex abuse unearthed in last year August brought shame to the country at the international level. Media reports revealed about a gang of organised criminals producing and selling illicit videos of child sexual abuse in Husain Khanwala area of Kasur in Punjab for the last many years.

It was termed the biggest scandal of such nature in the country’s history revealing that around 400 videos were made of 280 minor victims by an organised gang of over 25 criminals.