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Pak toddler swept up in attempted murder case Police ‘blindly’ registered the case: lawyer

LAHORE, Pakistan, April 10, (AP): A 9-month-old Pakistani boy has been swept up in an attempted murder investigation that highlights the country’s dysfunctional criminal justice system where even children are not immune from questionable legal decisions.

The toddler was brought to court last Friday as part of an investigation relating to an incident where residents in his neighborhood clashed with police. He was granted bail by a judge.

The incident began in late January and touches on many of the challenges Pakistan faces such as electricity shortages and faulty police investigations. Police and energy officials went to the neighborhood on Jan 31 to disconnect customers who they said were stealing electricity and gas. Such pilferage is common in Pakistan, and attempts to disconnect customers are sometimes met with violence. Police said they were pelted with stones by angry residents, while the toddler’s grandfather says some neighborhood women attacked the police with batons.

The lawyer said the police “blindly” registered the attempted murder case against a baby and said the entire episode was really related to a property dispute between the landlord and the tenants, which included the baby’s family.

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