Nine Month-Old Pakistani Baby Booked on Charges of Attempted Murder

Barbara Boland
By Barbara Boland | April 7, 2014 | 1:56 PM EDT

A nine-month old boy has been fingerprinted and bailed out in Pakistan, charged with attempted murder. Allegedly, his family threw bricks at police when they arrived trying to collect an unpaid gas bill.

Atif Zulfikar Butt, a senior police official in Lahore, testified that a scuffle ensued when the police tried to collect, and "the infant's father, one of his teenage sons and others in the residence severely injured some of the officials by tossing bricks their way, according to Butt," CNN reported.

From CNN:

An official document aired by CNN affiliate GEO News shows charges of stoning and attempted murder.

How and why the baby was implicated was unclear, though the Lahore police official acknowledged that the child appeared in court Wednesday and was booked as his grandfather held him.

Following media coverage of the incident, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif directed police to immediately suspend a Pakistani official for registering the case against the baby boy, according to police.

The State Department's report on Pakistan says that the country suffers from serious human rights problems including: "The most serious human rights problems were extrajudicial and targeted killings, sectarian violence, disappearances, and torture. Other human rights problems included poor prison conditions, arbitrary detention, lengthy pretrial detention, a weak criminal justice system, lack of judicial independence in the lower courts, and infringement on citizens' privacy rights."

When a nine-month old is alleged to have been involved in an assassination attempt on police, fingerprinted and granted bail, it's safe to say that your country suffers from serious human rights issues.