“My son... is in the videos, he is a victim. Our children were forced into this. They were humiliated. But the police are treating them like criminals.”

–A mother narrating how the police did nothing when her child was sexually abused in Kasur, 2015.

Rana Sanaullah, minister in the Punjab cabinet with a straight face, initially dismissed the entire episode as “baseless”. It was reported that about 280 children, most of them less than the age of 14 of Husain Khanwala village were sexually abused and filmed. Their families had been blackmailed too.

Recently, the upper house of parliament passed a bill criminalising for the first time in Pakistan sexual assault against minors, child pornography and trafficking. The Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill, 2015 also raises the minimum age of criminal responsibility from seven to 10 years of age. The amendment to the Pakistan Penal Code will go into force after being ratified by the president. Under the proposed legislation, sexual assaults would be punishable by up to seven years in prison. Child pornography, which was not even mentioned in Pakistani laws, will be punishable by seven years imprisonment and a fine of Rs700,000. Previously, only rape was criminalised.

However, with the children of Kasur long forgotten, one can only wonder how effective this will actually be given that nothing is being done to change the sociological and political domination that actually led to their exploitation in the first place.