KASUR, PAKISTAN – More than 400 videos featuring 280 of abusing children have been discovered in Kasur. Videos of these assaults and heinous crimes were committed in Hussain Khanwala village in Kasur district.
The ghastly videos also featured one in which a six year-old boy was forced to perform a homosexual act and a 10 year-old girl was filmed being molested by a 14 year-old boy. Most of the victims in the video were under the age of 14.
This scandal came to light earlier this week when parents of the victims clashed against police officials who failed to apprehend those who were behind the child abuse crimes.
Close to almost 4,000 people had gathered to protest on Dipalpur Road and were dispersed by police, injuring almost two dozen people.
So far only five of the six alleged criminals in this regard have been arrested and are in police custody. However, people claim that these activities were carried out by a gang of 25 young men and teenagers, who were backed by two individual in their 40s.
The filming of such acts began in 2006 and continued till last year, when almost 400 tapes were discovered.
In one clip, a boy is seen to be molested by five to six men. Some of the parents recognized their children from the video clips as victims. These videos were filmed at various locations; in washrooms, fields, abandoned houses and bedrooms.
We have arrested six persons after registering six separate cases against them on the complaints of the victims. Five of the accused are on physical remand while the sixth has obtained pre-arrest bail,” District Police Officer Rai Babar Saeed told a local newspaper.
A 13 year-old boy was arrested for having intercourse with another small boy, however, her mother claimed his innocence.
Another woman claimed “Everyone in this village is a victim. Our children both boys and girls are raped and blackmailed.”
Tweets condemning the scandal started circulating on Twitter, as the hasghtag #ChildAbuse trended in Pakistan.
280 sexually abused children in Kasoor dont need notices,they need justice, presence of CM himself.Culprits must not b spared. #childabuse
— Angel Ayesha (@AngelAyesha17) August 8, 2015
trail this case in military courts #ChildAbuse
— Nabeel Ajmal (@NabeelAjmal) August 8, 2015
— Ayaz chandio (@drayazchandio) August 8, 2015
Videos were filmed and sold for Rs.50 Pathetic. We are clearly forgetting that we have to face Allah one day. #ChildAbuse
— Alish (@ApseBaatNaiKi) August 8, 2015