An outrageous story out of Pakistan that went viral last week left many people wondering why a nine-month-old boy would be charged with attempted murder. Now, a judge has officially granted bail for the infant, but the legal troubles are far from over.
Opposing Views first reported last week on the incident that led to the toddler’s arrest. A riot broke out in the eastern city of Lahore, and Khan was arrested after being accused of throwing stones at police officers.
“A nine month old can never commit such a crime,” said Deputy Inspector General of Police Jabbar when the baby was booked. “This incident took place due to sheer misunderstanding on the police's part and was not done on purpose."
Despite Jabbar’s claims that the incident was a misunderstanding, the baby still has legal troubles ahead. A judge officially granted the child bail, noting the absurdity of the situation, but said the child is required by law to return to court on April 12 for a hearing.
“He was booked under Section 326 and was presented before a court,” said the boy’s grandfather Mohammad Yaseen to Reuters. “He doesn't even know how to pick up his milk bottle properly. How can he stone the police?”
The arresting officer was reportedly suspended following the incident.