This news couldn't get more bizarre: A 9-month-old boy in Pakistan has been charged with planning a murder. While the boy has already been released on bail and the officer who brought the case against him has been suspended, the story behind his arrest is still very alarming.
Back on Feb. 1, a group of police officers and a bailiff stopped in a working-class neighborhood in Lahore, Pakistan, which is located in the province Pujab, to remove gas meters. The police accused the residents of not having paid for electricity bills. In response, 30 people from the community began throwing rocks at the police.
The cops proceeded to arrest the people who had thrown rocks at them — including the 9-month-old Muhammad Mosa Khan, or at least that's what Inspector Kashif Muhammad claimed. Somehow, the rock-throwing was categorized as "attempted assassination."
Little Muhammad was brought to the police station and fingerprinted while he bawled. More absurdly, he sat in his grandfather's lap as he waited in court, drinking from a bottle, and even began crying at one point when the lawyers from both sides of the case began arguing. While Judge Rafaqat Ali Qamar eventually grant Muhammad bail and officials ordered the inspector to be suspended for the little boy's arrest (at least after the media had already covered it) Muhammad will still have to attend a hearing on April 12.
Minister for Human Rights and Minorities Affairs Khalil Tahir Sindhu of the Provincial Assembly of the Pujab — which is the province's house of elected representatives — apparently called the situation a "human rights violation."
Watch the video below at around 0:20 to see little Muhammad drinking his bottle of milk in court.
The family's lawyer, Chaudry Irfan Sadiq, has condemned Muhammed's arrest, claiming in court that the police filed a "wrong, false arrest charge." He also claimed that the charges could have been dropped, since Pakistan's minimum age for criminal responsibility is age seven.