Police arrests nine-months-old toddler
As hilarious and unbelievable this may seem, this headline is no joke!
In Pakistan where the age of criminal responsibility is supposed to be 12-years-old, nine-months-old toddler Muhammad Mosa Khan, has been charged with planning a murder, threatening police and interfering with state affairs.
Toddler Muhammad was booked in February along with 30 other people, including a number of members of his family, after stones were allegedly thrown at police and energy officials during raids on homes in Lahore. Residents had been accused of not paying for electricity.
Apparently deciding that the nine-months-old toddler was capable of – and had – taken part in the alleged stone throwing, Sub-Inspector Kashif Ahmed decided to arrest the child.
What followed were farcical scenes in which the toddler was fingerprinted and made to sit on his grandfather’s lap in court, drinking his bottle. The judge quickly granted bail for the child, along with the other people accused in the case.
Baby Muhammad is however currently expected back in court on 12 April – although the judge apparently noted the absurd nature of the charge, he does not have the powers to dismiss the case against him.
The toddler’s grandfather, Mohammad Yaseen told Reuters:
“He was booked under Section 326 and was presented before a court. He doesn’t even know how to pick up his milk bottle properly. How can he stone the police?”
Sub-Inspector Ahmed has reportedly been since suspended as a result of making the arrest and Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif said stern action will be taken against the police officials who registered the case.