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Pakistani cleric beats 8-year-old child to death for fleeing seminary

Some seminaries have been closed in the past due to their suspected involvement in brainwashing young children and pushing them towards extremism.

world Updated: Jan 22, 2018 13:45 IST
PTI, Karachi
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Muhammad Hussain was beaten up after he was caught trying to run away.(Representative image )

A Pakistani cleric has been arrested for allegedly beating to death an eight-year-old student who tried to run away from a religious seminary in Karachi, police said.

Muhammad Hussain, who was caught by the cleric while trying to run away, had been given corporal punishment in the past as well after he managed to flee the seminary in Bin Qasim Town, a senior police officer said on Sunday.

“His parents brought him back to the seminary and Qari Najmuddin took out his anger on the boy,” the officer said.

“He was beaten with a blunt object and stick and there were visible marks of torture on his body,” he said.

The parents have refused to allow a post mortem examination of the body.

The police said that they would register a case against Najmuddin.

Religious seminaries have mushroomed all over Pakistan and many parents, who are poor and can’t afford to educate their children in schools, opt to send them to these seminaries run by Islamic groups.

In the recent past, some seminaries have been closed due to their suspected involvement in brainwashing young children and pushing them towards extremism and terrorism.

Earlier, a TV channel had showed students being chained in a room of a seminary in Sohrab Goth.

First Published: Jan 22, 2018 13:45 IST