BY OUR CORRESPONDENT
GILGIT: Lawyers in Gilgit – Baltistan have decided not to extend legal support to the three teenagers who sexually abused and killed an eight years old boy this week in Gilgit.
“This is our decision that we will not fight their case in a court of law,” said Raja Zia, president of district Bar on Saturday.
Last Monday, the alleged assailants – 16 years old Shoaib and his two accomplices - cut ears of Hasnain, smashed his head with stones, stabbed and finally strangulated in a cave 500 meters from his home in Majini Muhalla, a residential area in Gilgit. They executed him to refrain him from divulging the secret of the sexual assault that they had carried out three months back.
“Like all others, the gruesome murder has left us in a shock and we think the perpetrators didn’t warrant a legal support,” Zia told The Express Tribune.
The murder of the minor sparked anger in city, with civil society organizing a rally on Thursday denouncing the gruesome act. A number of women and school children also attended the rally that demanded severe punishment to the assailants under anti terrorism act.
In addition, the clerics from all sects also condemned the killing, terming it against humanity.
The case of killing was traced by CIA officials in Gilgit through CCTV camera footage.
According to In-charge CIA Gilgit, inspector Muhammad Tariq, he decided to take help from CCTV cameras to trace the boy. In the footage, the assailant was seen taking the kid towards Gilgit river, where he finally executed him.
While the lawyers have withdrawn their support, advocate Zia says they will have no concern if government provides them services of lawyers to represent them in the court.
Though child abuse cases are rare in Gilgit, yet they do happen. Two months back, a four years old boy was kidnapped from a mosque by a drug addict and killed him. The killer was reportedly a mentally challenged person.
Child sexual abuse in Pakistan
Pakistan’s government does not release frequently updated statistics for child sexual abuse. But according to Sahil, an Islamabad-based activist group, cases of child sexual abuse covered by the media grew from 668 in 2002 to 2,788 in 2012.