Two nabbed for harassing, filming children

Gujrat police on Thursday, November 11, arrested two men for harassing and filming children in the nude.

Taking notice of a video in which three men in police uniform can be seen forcibly stripping some captive children while threatening them, District Police Officer (DPO) Umar Salamat directed Lalamusa City Station House Officer (SHO) Tahir Hussain to trace the suspects.

All three suspects were identified. Suspects Ali Hassan Bosal and Zakaullah have been arrested while raids are being conducted to apprehend the third suspect. A case has been registered under sections 171 (wearing garb or carrying token used by public servant with fraudulent intent), 292C (sale, etc., of obscene books, etc.) and 342 (punishment for wrongful confinement) of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC).

Sensory Garden for children inaugurated in women’s prison

The Sindh Government on Thursday inaugurated the Sensory Garden at the Early Learning Center situated in the Women’s Prison Karachi.

The Garden, developed by the Committee for the Welfare of Prisoners (CWP) in collaboration with the AMI School, aims to provide knowledge of the outer world to children of inmates at the prison.

During the inaugural ceremony, Karachi administrator and Adviser to Chief Minister of Sindh on Law Barrister Murtaza Wahab provided that the provincial government set up the CWP to extend legal aid to nearly 2,500 prisoners annually. He further held that children living with their mothers in jail have the right to a free environment and opportunities for education, while minor offenders should be facilitated in order to re-enter society as model citizens after completing their sentences.

AMI School spokesperson Nasira Faiz said that minors in prisons face mental, emotional and physical strains as opposed to children living outside. CWP Secretary Barrister Haya Emaan Zahid said at the occasion that the children of inmates usually stay with their mothers up till the age of nine years. These children, she said, have been identified by the CWP as high risk. However, this problem is being addressed with early learning centers set up at women’s prisons in Karachi and Hyderabad in 2015.

Air pollution reaches hazardous levels in Lahore

Lahore’s air quality reached hazardous levels on Wednesday and Thursday, with an average Air Quality Index (AQI) reading of 337 and a peak of 478 recorded between 1 AM and 7 PM on Thursday. AQI readings of 301 and higher are considered hazardous, warranting an emergency health situation in which all residents are likely to be affected.

In Lahore, the main pollutant is fine particulate matter (PM2.5), which can penetrate deeply into the lung, irritate and corrode the alveolar wall, and impair lung function. In such condition, environmental experts and health professionals urge the general public, especially children, seniors and those with underlying health conditions to remain indoors.


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