Pakistan

Lahore court extends remand of cleric Abubakar Muaviya in child abuse case

A Lahore district and sessions court granted a three-day extension to the physical remand of cleric Abubakar Muaviya in a child abuse case. This extension came after Lahore police had initially obtained a four-day physical remand on Monday, following the cleric’s arrest on charges of raping a minor boy at Shahdara police station.

The first information report was filed under Section 376 (iii) of the Pakistan Penal Code. Presenting the suspect before Judicial Magistrate Habiba Sarfraz, Lahore police requested an extension in his physical remand. The cleric’s lawyer urged completion of the investigation and inclusion of their position in it.

The court reserved its verdict and later extended the remand by three days, also requesting a report from the investigation officer for the next hearing.

Previously, Muaviya faced charges in Tandlianwala of Faisalabad for child rape but was discharged by a magistrate upon the victim’s father’s request, citing misunderstandings and forgiveness in a viral video.

Despite this, a high-level police inquiry deemed the acquittal through a ‘Jirga/Panchayat’ mediation a violation of a previous Supreme Court judgment in January 2019, which challenged the legal status of such alternative judicial systems in tribal and rural areas of Pakistan.

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