Pakistani boy dies after being beaten to death by his madrasa teacher in Karachi. His parents pardon the cleric.

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According to media reports a madrasa teacher allegedly beat a young boy to death at a seminary (madrasa) in Karachi’s Bin Qasim area.

The cleric reportedly known as Qari Najmuddin, however has been pardoned by the young boy’s parents.

Nine year old, Mohammed Hussain had allegedly been subjected to corporal punishment by Qari Najmuddin in the past, after which he had run away from the seminary.

His parents, however, brought him back to the seminary on Sunday but when he tried to flee again, Qari Najmuddin got hold of him and allegedly beat him to death with a blunt weapon.

Following the incident, the police had taken the suspect into custody.

It was later reported though that the child’s parents had forgiven the cleric for the death of their son and were reluctant to register a case against him.

The police however, have said they would lodge a first information report (FIR) against the cleric on behalf of the state even if the family refused to pursue the case legally.. The case includes clauses of murder and violence.

In February last year the Sindh Assembly of Pakistan had unanimously passed the Sindh Prohibition of Corporal Punishment Bill to protect children from corporal punishment at all types of educational institutions, including madrasas, and childcare institutions, including foster care and rehabilitation centres.A law was passed in the

The said law gave children protection against punishments to cause pain or discomfort by hitting, smacking, slapping, spanking, kicking, shaking or throwing child, scratching, pinching, biting, pulling hair or boxing ears or forcing child to stay in uncomfortable positions, burning, scalding or forced ingestion by any person in the family, workplace, in schools, other educational institutions, etc.

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