Abb Takk News

IHC Sets Guidelines for Investigation of Child Abuse Cases

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Thursday said the child sexual abuse cases will now only be handled and investigated by police officers of assistant superintendent of police (ASP) rank and above.

The remarks were issued in the ongoing Bara Kahu child abuse case currently being heard in Islamabad High Court.

IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah issued directives in which lower-ranking officers have been declared unfit to undertake investigations of such offences.

Along with this, the court also ordered the Inspector General (IG) Punjab and Commissioner Punjab to formulate an extensive plan to deal with the menace.

Other directives involved a proper medical checkup of those accused in the cases by a competent medical board and when a bail plea for such individuals is submitted in the court then a record of his/her past criminal activities should also be attached alongside it.

The court will then determine if bail is deliberated for those caught in the act then do their history show a relapsing nature or will the individual stay away from the heinous deed.