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KARACHI: An eight-year-old boy was beaten to death allegedly by a teacher at a seminary in the Bin Qasim Town area on Sunday noon.

The child, Mohammad Hussain, expired when Qari Najmuddin of a seminary-cum-tuition centre beat him in Edu Goth near Pipri off National Highway, said Malir SSP Adeel Hussain Chandio.

“Qari has been arrested and an FIR registered against him while the boy’s parents appear reluctant to pursue the case against him,” added the police officer.

Bin Qasim SHO Dhani Bux Marri told Dawn that the victim had previously been beaten by the same person at the seminary and therefore he stopped attending it.

“However, the parents started sending him again to the seminary,” he further said.

On Sunday morning, the boy tried to flee but Najmuddin caught him and beat the boy with a stick and other hard and blunt objects which resulted in his death.

“There are visible signs of torture on the boy’s body but the parents refused a post-mortem examination. We will register an FIR against the cleric on behalf of the state if the family refuses to pursue the case legally,” he said.

Published in Dawn, January 22nd, 2018