In a setback to the prosecution, the lone minor witness in the sodomy case ag ainst Theatre Age director Zulfiqar Khan turned hostile when he was examined in the child witness court on Saturday.
Deposing before a local court, the 16-year-old denied being sexually exploited by Zulfiqar and said he was innocent. He said Zulfiqar never showed committed unnatural sex with him at his house in Sector 25. He also denied that Zulfiqar showed him porn movies as was being alleged by the prosecution.
During cross-examination, the minor said he never received any summon for appearing in the court and it was through newspapers that he got to know that the case was listed for hearing following which he talked to Zulfiqar’s counsel. The minor said he never visited the police station along with his parents.
Zulfikar founded a non-governmental organisation — Theatre Age — in 1992 to nurture talent of slum children by providing them formal, vocational and theatre training.
Even as the minor witness turned hostile, the complainant — Kanwarpal — stood by his statement and narrated the trauma he went through when he first saw Zulfiqar sodomising children studying in his Sector 25 house where he used to take extra classes of “weak students”.
He said he knew Zulfiqar for the past two decades as they used to perform street plays on drug abuse, female foeticide and other social issues. He alleged that in 2013, he went Zulfiqar’s Sector-25 house at night and saw a young boy lying without clothes. Kanwarpal alleged he also saw Zulfiqar sodomising a boy on the third floor of his house. Later, Zulfiqar’s sacked Kanwar. The complainant said a boy approached him with four photographs in which Zulfiqar is seen sodomising four children at a time.
When contacted, public prosecutor JP Singh said: “It’s too early to comment on the fate of the case as four victims are still to be examined.”