Nine-month-old baby charged with attempted murder
Nine-month-old baby, Musa Khan and his family were charged with attempted murder for stoning police officers and gas company employees, as they attempted to collect overdue bills.
A 9-month-old baby has been charged with attempted murder in Pakistan.
Musa Khan, a 9-month-old baby and his family were accused of stoning police officers and gas company employees, as they attempted to collect overdue bills, according to the National Post.
Khan appeared in court with his father and grandfather after being charged.
"Musa isn't even able to pick up his milk bottle properly, how can he stone the police," Khan's father said in an online video.
Khan is currently on bail and was scheduled to appear in court on Saturday, April 12, due to severe pressure from the police, the family including Khan is in hiding.
"Police are vindictive. Now they are trying to settle the issue on personal grounds, that's why I sent my grandson to Faisalabad for protection," Muhammed Yasin, Khan's grandfather told Reuters, referring to a central city in Pakistan.
According to the Guardian, one police officer was suspended and investigations have been ordered to figure out why and how Khan was booked in Lahore for allegedly taking part in stoning the police.
"Most of the time people don't really want justice at the hands of the courts," Sundan Hoorain, a lawyer told the Guardian. "It is really about taking revenge and that means making the other party suffer as much as possible putting whole families through hell."
Khan was forced to authorize a document stating the criminal charges, unable to sign his own signature, he sealed the document with a fingerprint. A photographer from Reuters captured images of Khan crying while he was being fingerprinted.
Pakistan's criminal justice system is facing national criticism. Some are accusing the police of fabricating charges to evict the family from their land, according to the National Post.
"Everyone in court was saying 'How can such a small child be implicated in any case?' What kind of police do we have?'" Yasin told Agence France Presse.