LAHORE: Shahdara police have refused to file an FIR against an alleged pedophile, The Express Tribune has learnt. Waqas Ahmed, the 25-year-old son of pir Rasheed Ahmed, is accused of sodomising a student of class five in the Hujra of his father in Kot Shahbudin on Wednesday night. Medically it is clear that the child was sodomised but even after receiving the medico-legal report the Shahdara police were unwilling to register an FIR.
The child’s father, a city traffic police assistant sub-inspector (ASI), told The Express Tribune that since Wednesday night the police were using delaying tactics and urging them to reach a compromise with Waqas. He said ASI Khalil had called them three times and every time gave them a new appointment and asked for a compromise with Waqas’s father. On Thursday night more than 50 people went to the police station with the complainant for the registration of the FIR but ASI Khalil told them that Waqas was asking for reconciliation and they should accept his request.
Wasim Ahmed Zaki, a neighbour of the child, told The Express Tribune that the culprit had lured the child with the promise of money and toffees. After the crime, Waqas threw the boy out and put Rs20 in his pocket, he said. Zaki said that the child who had fainted lay unconscious on the road until neighbours found him and carried him to his home. The family took him to the hospital where they were told that he had been sodomised, he added
Zaki said Waqas was a known pedophile and several people had complained to his father but there had been no change in his behaviour. He said now all the residents of the mohalla were determined to bring the man to justice.
The accused, Zaki said, had managed to secure the sympathies of the police which had tried its best to stop the victim’s family from initiating action against him.
ASI Khalil, first, denied knowledge of the incident but later said that he had asked the complainant to come back later as the station house officer (SHO) was absent and they could meet the SHO personally
In the evening, he said the electricity of the police station was suspended and the FIR might be registered on Friday.
Shahdara SHO Sharif Sindhu said that on Thursday he had been at the Lahore High Court therefore he could not meet the complainant or the father of the accused.
He said that when he reached the police station on Thursday evening he ordered immediate registration of the FIR. Although he could not cite the number of the FIR, he said that the police were preparing a raid to arrest the accused.
Published in The Express Tribune, October 15th, 2010.