Lahore  - A school tutor raped young girls and filmed his sexual assaults in a private academy he ran from his home in Lahore, police said last night.

Detectives discovered more than 30 films and photographs showing the 50 year old tutor raping two ten year old girls, in a raid on his home academy in Green Town area of south Lahore, yesterday.

Hussein Ahmed Khan was seized as he tried to commit suicide by taking poisonous pills, police said.

His arrest and the discovery of his large collection of child rape videos emerged barely two weeks after more than 280 children were found to have been drugged, raped and beaten by a child porn gang in Kasur, 60 kilometres from Lahore in north Punjab.

There is no evidence to link the two scandals but the number of film clips involved and the tutor’s access to “dozens” of young girls at his academy suggests the scale of abuse may be far bigger.

Police had raided his premises in the D2 area after a local neighbourhood patrol received a complaint that Hussein “runs a tuition academy wherein he makes naked movies and pictures of the innocent girls.”

“During the raid he tried to attempt suicide but prompt police action averted the situation and recovered the poisonous pills from him,” a police spokesman said.

It’s not known when the abuse began but the number of video clips suggests that it may have been going on for some time. Police in Kasur faced nationwide condemnation when it emerged that several hundred children had been raped, assaulted and filmed over a period of more than eight years without them taking action.

Psychologists say that repeated child abuse and the resulting trauma may have enduring effects upon both neurobiological and psychological development, altering stress responsivity and behaviour patterns when they get adult.

Victim children experience a greatly increased risk of mood, anxiety and personality disorders throughout adult life.