A Pakistan court has dropped murder charges against a nine month old Pakistani baby boy who was looking at possible prison. The courts have launched a second case instead, looking into how police were able to press charges against the child.
The little boy, Musa Khan’s story has received international ridicule. Critics have voiced their disgust for the case and believe that this is just another way Pakistani police attacks the poor families.
The nine month old was accused, along with his grandfather for being a part of a group of poor residents who threw stones at gas company workers. The gas company employees had come to the property to disconnect the gas from the unit because they failed to pay the bills.
Musa Khan’s lawyer, Irfan Tarar, argued that the children under seven could not be prosecuted under Pakistani law. The charges against the baby boy were in contradiction against the law that raised the age for criminal responsibility from seven to 12, excluding terrorism cases.
Inspector Kashif Muhammad, who was responsible for charging the child has since been suspended from his duties. Police informed the judge, Rafaqat Ali Qamar, that the baby was no longer required in the case. The nine month old had been free on bail pending Saturday’s hearing. The judge dismissed the charges against him.