Teenager sentenced by the first juvenile court in Lahore

The Pakistan’s first juvenile court on its first has sentenced a fine of 500,000 and imprisonment to a teenager on charges of attempted rape, Dawn reported.

Media reports said that the court has taken a strict action after a resident of Sabzazar had lodged a complaint with police in 2016 accusing the 15-year-old boy of attempting rape to his seven-year-old daughter.

The case was later handed over to the juvenile court established by the then chief justice of the Lahore High Court, Syed Mansoor Ali Shah in December 2017 to deal with cases involving children.

“The sentence has been announced by the presiding judge of the juvenile court, Muhammad Akhtar Bhangoo, after he found that the accused had committed an offence of sexual abuse to a minor girl of seven years of age,” reports said.

“The court before announcing the sentence that time had observed that the accused was a juvenile and has a future ahead. Hence was given all the rights provided to him under Juvenile Justice System Ordinance 2000,” reports said, adding that he was the first child offender.

The court has further directed the jail in-charge to produce the convict before court on the first working day after two months from the conviction for an appropriate order as to whether further imprisonment will be unnecessary or not.

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