An SHO in Kasur was suspended for filing a criminal case against a seven-month-old infant over land encroachment in the village Khokhar Ashraf near Allahabad, Kasur.
The seven-month old, Chand, was charged along with four accomplices of depriving the plaintiff of his plot of land and not paying the agreed upon Rs.1.5m for the sale. The land had been transferred into the name of Jamil, one of the men also charged in the case.
As per regulations, an investigation officer is required to complete due diligence before lodging a case. SHO Yasir was suspended from service by DPO Sohaib Ashraf for failing to complete prior investigation into the matter.
The case was brought to the attention of the authorities after the family appeared in court to request interim bail. The case has gone viral on social media.
The charges against the infant highlight the deficiencies of the Pakistani judicial system, in which missing documents and incorrect filings are not uncommon.
Regrettably, Kasur was launched to international recognition after a spate of child abuse cases occurred in the district. District police in Kasur recovered 141 missing children and reunited them with their parents last year alone, out of which 57 cases were registered as child abduction cases.