Pakistani Man Arrested for Cannibalism After Eating Body of Dead Newborn Baby

International   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Apr 14, 2014   |   1:14PM   |   Washington, DC

A man from Pakistan was arrested today on charges of cannibalism after reportedly eating a newborn infant. This comes three years after he was jailed for the same offense of cannibalism.

Mohammad Arif Ali, who has previously admitted to cannibalism, was arrested when neighbors reported the stink of rotting flesh from his house.

mohammadaliPolice say they recovered the severed head of the child from his house.

Arif Ali and his brother, Mohammad Farman Ali, were jailed for two years for stealing the body of a dead woman from her grave in 2011. They later admitted to chopping her lower limbs and making them into meat curry. They were sentenced under the law of desecration of the grave, because Pakistan has no law relating to cannibalism.

Their sentences ended in May 2013. Their release from jail sparked public protests in Darya Khan town. The brothers have since kept a low profile, away from the public eye.

AFP has more information on this horrific case:

Police raided the house in a remote village in Punjab province after neighbours complained of a foul smell and found the head of the two-day-old baby inside.

Mohammad Arif admitted eating the child after his brother stole the body from a graveyard in Darya Khan village, around 300 kilometres (180 miles) south of Islamabad, officers said.

Arif and his brother Farman Ali were arrested for eating human corpses in the same village in April 2011 and served two years in prison, in a case that shocked Pakistan.

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“Arif has been arrested and he has confessed that his brother brought the dead body of the newborn from the nearby graveyard,” Ameer Abdullah, police chief of Bhakkar district where the village is located, told AFP.

“Arif told police that both of them later cooked the dead body and ate it.”