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‘Child maid received multiple burns’

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ISLAMABAD: A medical board from the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (Pims) has found that Tayyaba, a 10 year old domestic employee who was allegedly tortured in the home of a serving judge, had 14 burn injuries, three marks of trauma and one sign of infection on her body.

The report, available with Dawn, says Tayyaba suffered wounds or bore marks of wounds on her face, neck, arms, legs and feet.

Child specialist Dr Maqbool Hussain said in his comments that the victim gave her name, recognised her parents and knew the time, place and people around her. He said Tayyaba was fit as far as her higher mental functions were concerned.

Prof Rizwan Tahir, a psychiatrist, said the victim was anxious and scared, but there was no evidence of any psychiatric disorder.

The board concluded that the wounds on her rear and her left arm were from contact burns. The latter was healing, while the former wound has nearly completely healed. The report also noted multiple healed scars on the victim’s body.

Tayyaba was allegedly abused in the home of an additional district and sessions judge. A police report initially stated that she fell from the stairs and was burned accidentally.

The chief justice of the Islamabad High Court and the chief justice of Pakistan took notice of the case. On Jan 6, the child disappeared when she was supposed to be brought to a medical board for an examination, and was recovered on Jan 8.

On Jan 9, the police brought her to the hospital where a medical board examined her.

Published in Dawn, January 11th, 2017

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kerala Jan 11, 2017 09:28am

Where is law and order? Are authorities blind?

Imtiaz Jan 11, 2017 09:37am

Poor do not have human rights?

Asim Jan 11, 2017 10:43am

Thanks to Islamabad police who reported that everything happened accidently. Such officials and the criminal lady deserve the same accidental torture.

khanm Jan 11, 2017 11:29am

@Imtiaz not in Pakistan

NAEEM Jan 11, 2017 11:29am

Torturing a 10 year old child is callous and shameful These are our elete. Let us all pledge to at least educate one girl . My slogan is every Pakistani educate a Pakistani

SAEEd khan Jan 11, 2017 11:43am

Islamabad police shame on you

SAEEd khan Jan 11, 2017 11:44am

Islamabad police shame on you

Najeeb Ahmad Jan 11, 2017 11:58am

I am curious to know about the real parents of the child as other claimed her too. The case is more serious than it looks.

Alba Jan 11, 2017 12:27pm

An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth - or just let the criminals go free? Either way it is more bad publicity for Pakistan.

Alba Jan 11, 2017 12:27pm

"She fell from the stairs and was burned accidentally." How many times?

Akhtar Jan 11, 2017 12:55pm

Who made the child and her parents disappeared?Surely it is the Additional District Judge.So Supreme Court should should at least suspend him for a few days ,so that he does not apply his pressure on Police and other Government organisations.When the case is decided then he may be taken back on duty.