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CJ LHC takes notice of torture of special needs children in Punjab

The chief justice of Lahore High Court (LHC) took notice of torture of special needs children in Punjab after more such videos emerged on Thursday, showing staffers manhandling children in Sialkot.
The videos that emerged Thursday showed a bus conductor forcing a girl to sit on the seat for two persons, and later slapping her.
According to Sambrial assistant commissioner, the bus in which the conductor is seen torturing children belongs to Government Special Education School Sambrial, Sialkot.
The school bus is run on Daska-Sambrial route.
The conductor seen in the footage has been arrested and a case lodged against him. Higher authorities have also suspended the school principal and driver of the said bus, and ordered an inquiry.
Taking notice of the incident, the LHC chief justice ordered deployment of two unarmed guards on the school bus.
Earlier, two different video clips of torture of special needs children of a government-run institute in Lahore surfaced on Wednesday.
At least two such videos emerged last month, in which bus conductors were seen torturing children of Gung Mahal School for the Deaf & Dumb — a government institute in Gulberg.
The videos had drawn public ire prompting authorities to arrest the staffers and produce them before a court, where both the parties had informed the judge that they had reached an understanding.
One of the clips, which surfaced on Wednesday, showed a school staffer arguing with and torturing a child.
The other clip showed a staffer scolding a girl. He is seen picking the girl up and forcing her to sit on a seat in the school bus.
The staffer, in the footage, is later witnessed slapping the schoolgirl for leaving the seat.