KASUR

The police on Thursday registered 11 more case against the already arrested accused, raising the total number of cases in child abuse scandal to 18.

The police had received 13 more applications by the victims for registration of cases after which 11 more FIRs - from 247/2015 to 257/2015 — were lodged.

On the other hand, the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) continued recording statements by affected families for second day at a rest house near Hussain Khanwala. The JIT headed by DIG Abu Bakar Khuda Bakhsh has been constituted to probe the child molestation scandal. ccording to a source, the JIT recorded statements of three victims and their parents.

A shuttle service has been started from the rest house to the village to facilitate victims, their families and witnesses. he team is expected to complete its probe within 10 days.

The Ghanda Singh Wala Police registered one new case on the complaint of SHO Tariq Cheema after he retrieved another video clip of abuse in Hussain Khanwala.

The case has been registered against Abdul Manan, an alleged child sex abusers who is already on remand.

Ten more cases were registered on the applications of parents of the abuse victims. Head of an affected family, seeking anonymity, told The Nation that some of the troubled families were hesitant to come forward and file pleas against the abusers.

“Majority of the families are afraid of the influential ‘criminals’ and the government would have to take extraordinary steps to allay their fears,” he said while biting his lips.

He also heaped scorns on PML-N MPA Malik Ahmed Saeed and said that how this ‘cruel man’ can help the victims while being a supporter of the culprits. “The situation would have been different today, had this MPA not backed the perpetrators of this inhuman practice,” he opined.

He claimed that it was Saeed on whose behest the accused had threatened the victims, telling them to keep silent and not approach the police.

He requested Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, the chief justice and army chief to intervene and rid them of “the clutches of the beasts”.

When contacted, MPA Malik Ahmed Saeed however rejected all allegations. Earlier, an anti-terrorism court (ATC) had granted physical remand of 12 accused out of 15 nominated persons.

According to police, three accused - Irfan Sindhi, Tanzilur Rehman and Wasim Abid - are still at large.