A cleric has been arrested on charges of beating an eight year old boy to death in Pakistan’s port city Karachi, according to media reports.
Mohammad Hussain died after Qari Najmuddin of a seminary-cum-tuition centre beat him, senior police officer Adeel Hussain Chandio was quoted as saying by Dawn online.
“Qari has been arrested and an FIR registered against him while the boy’s parents appear reluctant to pursue the case against him,” added the police officer.
Another police officer told Dawn that the victim had previously been beaten by the same person at the seminary and therefore he stopped attending it.
“However, the parents started sending him again to the seminary,” he further said.
On Sunday morning, the boy tried to flee but Najmuddin caught him and beat the boy with a stick and other hard and blunt objects which resulted in his death.
“There are visible signs of torture on the boy’s body but the parents refused a post-mortem examination. We will register an FIR against the cleric on behalf of the state if the family refuses to pursue the case legally,” the officer said.
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