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IHC Judgement on Child Custody

This case involves the future of a young girl (Meher Fatima) who lost her mother to epilepsy when she was barely two years old. At the time when her mother was unwell and subsequently in hospital, she was at the house of her maternal grandmother being looked after by her maternal family, including a maternal uncle and unmarried aunt along…

Minors charged with terrorism offence to be tried in juvenile court

The Peshawar High Court has ruled that a juvenile accused charged with terrorism-related offence should be tried by a juvenile court notified under the Juvenile Justice System Act, 2018, and not by an anti-terrorism court. A single-member bench consisting of Justice Ishtiaq Ibrahim accepted plea of an under-trial juvenile accused…

Court reunites child with mother

RAWALPINDI: “There can be no better guardian for a child than his own mother, there is no substitute for the mother.” These were the remarks of a Rawalpindi Additional District and Sessions Judge with which he declared a father’s move to send his 10-year-old child over to a friend during…

TheCase for Revitalizing Remand Homes in Sindh

ON a cold morning in 1937, a remand home was inaugurated in Karachi under the Bombay Children Act, 1924. This remand home was later shifted to near Central Jail in Karachi, and is now functioning in accordance with the Sindh Children Act, 1955, and the Sindh Remand Homes Rules, 2011.…

Man jailed for life in minor girl’s rape case

KARACHl: A district and sessions court has sentenced a man to life in prison for raping a nine-year-old girl within the remit of the Kalri police station. Additional District and Session Judge Ashraf Hussain Khowaja convicted Syed Rizwan Ali for assaulting the minor girl, who was his `close relative`. The…

Child-friendly courts

IN a country where the child rights debate has been a belated one, it is heartening to note that a recent Supreme Court judgement calls for the state to establish child-friendly courts with specially trained judges. The apex court recognised that the welfare of minors should be `the foundational principle`…

LHC asks FIA to handle torture, death and rape cases in custody

LAHORE: Taking exception to the non-implementation of `The Torture and Custodial Death (Prevention and Punishment) Act, 2022`, the Lahore High Court has ordered the immediate transfer of all cases under investigation of custodial torture, death, or rape to the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA). `The failure to implement a law due…

Three remanded in teenage girl’s gang rape case

KARACHl: A judicial magistrate has remanded three suspects in police custody for their alleged involvement in subjecting a teenage schoolgirl to gang rape and filming the heinous offence. The investigating officer (IO) of the case brought the three suspects before the judicial magistrate (Malir) and sought their 14-day physical remand.…

Child marriages: LHC Judgement

THE recent judgement of the Lahore High Court in ‘Azka Wahid vs Province of Punjab’ has declared the arbitrary distinction in the legally prescribed minimum age of marriage in the Punjab Child Marriage Restraint Act, 1929 18 years for men and 16 years for women as unconstitutional. Decades of lobbying…

SC finds flaws in police investigation techniques

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on 26 April 2024 emphasised the need for making concerted efforts on part of the police force to shift its investigation techniques by introducing and relying on forensic science and accordingly train specialised officers in this field. “The cornerstone of criminal justice system is the effective…

Kasur child abuse case High court acquits two convicts

LAHORE: The Lahore High Court on 24 April 2024 acquitted the two men who were handed down life imprisonment in one of the cases pertaining to Kasur child abuse scandal surfacing in 2015. A two-member LHC bench comprising Justice Shehram Sarwar Chaudhry and Justice Amjad Rafiq allowed the appeals of…

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