LAHORE - Rights activists have demanded to include civil society members in the proposed judicial commission for the Kasur child sex scandal probe.

The demand had been raised during a protest against the incident in front of the Punjab Assembly on Sunday.

The provincial government has already requested the Lahore High Court to constitute a judicial commission to probe into the scandal. But the protesters had doubted the intention of the government, fearing the report would not be made public like Justice Mansoor Ali’s Flood Commission Report and JC Report on Model Town incident by Justice Ali Baqar Najfi.

Dozens of protestors including women, children and students, holding placards and banners reading slogans particularly against Law Minister Rana Sanaullah and Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, denounced the incident and termed it even more horrible than the terror incident of Army Public School Peshawar.

Led by known rights activist Farzana Bari, Civil Society Network President Abdullah Malik and PTI’s Aisha Chaudhary the protestors demanded Rana Sanaullah’s resign, suspension of DPO Kasur and canceling the membership from Punjab Assembly of local MPA Ahmad Saeed before the inquiry.

“The government must take this horrible incident as a test case. The culprits should be given severe punishment,” said Farzana Bari. She asked the civil society organisations to reach the victims’ families and start rehabilitation of the victims and build schools and health centres in the area.

Abdullah demanded to trial the case under Anti-terrorism Act. “This case must be taken under 7-ATA as the culprits have terrorised the society by making videos of the innocent children and then harassed and blackmailed their families for years.”

Aisha Chaudhary asked the political parties, civil society and media to jointly start efforts for making Pakistan a safe haven for children and women. She said people should come forward irrespective of their party affiliations and continue protests until the criminals were met severe punishment.