General Article Child servant beaten to death ‘for stealing master’s fruit’

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Police in Pakistan said the 10-year-old boy and his younger brother were tortured for days at their employer’s home.

By Ben Farmer

A 10-year-old domestic worker was beaten and tortured to death and his younger brother badly injured after their masters caught them stealing fruit, police said.

Officers said the boys had been tortured for several days at their employers’ home in an upmarket neighbourhood of Lahore.

The assaults are the latest to put the spotlight on the exploitation of child labour and young domestic servants in Pakistan.

The issue is feared to have become more severe because of worsening economic conditions, as poverty-stricken families seek to survive by finding jobs for their children.

Police were tipped off by doctors when the boy called Kamran and his six-year-old brother, Rizwan, were brought to hospital with severe injuries.

Kamran was pronounced dead soon afterwards, while Rizwan’s condition was critical.

Officers arrested those who had brought the children to ...

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