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Second Bhakkar Cannibal Arrested

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Asif Hassan—AFP

Asif Hassan—AFP

Police say both men will undergo psychiatric tests and have been charged under anti-terrorism laws and for desecrating a human body.

Police on Tuesday arrested a second man suspected, along with his brother, of eating the body of a newborn baby whose head was found at their home, officials said.

Farman Ali was detained a day after police arrested his brother Mohammad Arif following the grisly discovery at their house in the Bhakkar district of Punjab province. The pair had been arrested for eating human corpses in the same village in 2011 and served two years in prison in a case that shocked Pakistan.

Arif has told police that Ali stole the body of the two-day-old child from a graveyard in Darya Khan village before they cooked and ate it.

Ameer Abdullah, police chief of Bhakkar district where the village is located, said that Ali was detained on Tuesday and the brothers had been brought to court for a remand hearing.

There is no specific offense of cannibalism in Pakistani law, so Abdullah said they had been charged under anti-terrorism laws and for desecrating a human body.

In the 2011 case police found the body of a 24-year-old woman at the men’s house—minus a leg, which they had eaten.

The suspects will undergo psychiatric tests, Abdullah said.

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Javaid Bashir April 16, 2014 - 7:05 pm

It is a great tragedy and shameful thing that cannibals are loitering openly in our country. How is it posible that they were not locked up earlier. It is the second time that they have eaten human flesh after digging the graves. They had served two years sentence after conviction.

We must amend laws to include cannibalism as a crime and strict punishment should be enacted . We need to amend criminal and Penal Codes.

Both these men should not g go unpunished this time. Thank God the Police nabbed both of them , and they are now behind the bars.

farmerdr April 21, 2014 - 2:17 pm

Misusing laws (in this case anti-terrorism law) is far more shameful than eating dead flesh from humans.

farmerdr April 21, 2014 - 2:23 pm

Will this episode engender some empathy with the outrage experience by vegans when others consume the dead flesh of animals or will we simply delve further into our prejudices against others who are different to us?


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