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Hospital accused of hushing up rape

Updated Sep 21, 2013 07:51am
Children's Hospital Lahore. —Photo courtesy: The  Lahore Times
Children's Hospital Lahore. —Photo courtesy: The Lahore Times

LAHORE: Family of a five-year-old rape victim belonging to Kasur has alleged the Children’s Hospital administration not only tried to hush up the matter but also discharged the minor girl in haste without giving her proper treatment.

The hospital’s Medical Director Ahsan Waheed Rathor claims the girl was properly attended at the facility and that she was discharged after her family refused to continue the treatment there.

The girl was raped in Kasur from where she was referred to Children’s Hospital by doctors given her serious condition.

She was now under treatment at District Headquarter Hospital, Kasur, where, according to the family, her condition was said to be serious.

The girl’s uncle told Dawn she was admitted to a private ward at the first floor of Children’s Hospital under registration No 208486 and was discharged three hours later in ‘haste’.

He said the hospital administration had strictly told the girl’s father not to disclose the matter to the media.

He told Dawn that the girl was playing along with her younger brother outside her house located on Shahbaz Raod, Kasur, on Sunday evening when she suddenly disappeared around 7pm.

The family noticed her disappearance an hour later, he said, and started looking for her, but to no avail.

He said later a passerby found her lying unconscious near an outhouse and contacted the family.

“We found the girl with blood on her clothes and immediately rushed her to a local hospital from where the doctors referred her to Children’s Hospital due to her critical condition,” the girl’s uncle said.

He said the victim’s father was a poor labourer and he could not afford her treatment in Lahore. However, he said, given her deteriorating condition, he said, the family shifted her to Children’s Hospital on Thursday afternoon.

He said Kasur police had arrested a resident of the same locality over suspicion of his involvement in the inhuman act and lodged a case.

Children’s Hospital Medical Director Prof Dr Ehsan Waheed Rathore denied the allegations of the family, saying the rape victim was properly looked after at the health facility.

He told Dawn that the Kasur executive district officer (Health) had informed him about the incident.

“The EDO told me that he wanted to refer the girl to Children’s Hospital from DHQ Hospital, Kasur, for her proper treatment,” Dr Rathore said, adding later a deputy medical superintendent of the hospital brought the girl to Children’s Hospital.

He said she was immediately shifted to a private room of the health facility. Pediatric surgery department head Prof Dr Muhammad Salim had directed the staff to keep the girl under observation for 24 hours in view of her some complications but her family refused to continue treatment at the hospital.

He said the parents of the girl told to the doctors that they wanted to get treatment at the Kasur DHQ hospital.

Comments (16) Closed

Armagan Akram
Sep 21, 2013 01:55pm

We need to punish rape by penalty of death. If men know the consequences, they will not be so eager to lay a hand on someone.

Sep 21, 2013 02:18pm

What the hell is going on in this country?

Sep 21, 2013 03:25pm

Khadim Alla must see this case and give a hard time to the hospital high ups if they refused to treat the baby in the Children hospital as this hospital is not the property of Director rather it is property of public.

Roxana R
Sep 21, 2013 04:23pm

Upon allegations of rape, a proper "rape kit" needs to be administered in regards to the victim, and all evidence from that needs to be preserved for forensic analysis. Items would include swabs, extraction of things like foreign hair, documentation (photos and descriptions) of any wounds or bruising, careful collection of every bit of clothing, scraping of fingernails, etc. Until Pakistan drops the requirement of four witnesses (how absurd), no rape case can properly be prosecuted. Rape is something generally not witnessed at all. But forensic evidence can solve the crime.

S. A. M.
Sep 21, 2013 06:09pm

The Doctor should be questioned as to why he told the victim's father not to disclose anything to the media. Is he an accomplice? Or is the perpetrator his relative?

Sep 21, 2013 07:04pm

@Armagan Akram: agree i am against islamic punishmaent, bit in cases like this we should excecute the criminal in public like in saudi

human right should be protected only of those people who do not violate others right

Sep 21, 2013 07:37pm

I am sure Children's Hospital has document to prove they released the child with parent's permission and signature. However, given time frame of 3 hours seems to be too short to check anyone for such serious crime. Total shame on management system.

Sep 21, 2013 10:52pm

By the way stop these indian films some times i feel like raping these actress the way they carry on

El Cid
Sep 22, 2013 02:39am

@Anees: They are learning from the Hindu life style and culture...even as they give up their own.


Sep 22, 2013 07:10am

These Doctors are rapists too, they rape female nurses, ask any nurse who had not been asked for sex, and even if she says no, Doctors impose themselves on them and if she still resists, either she is out of a job or she will go no where in that organization.

Sep 22, 2013 09:04am

How insensitive the authorities and media have played the role in this case. Identity in such cases of both parents and the victim is kept undisclosed especially when the child is a minor. Rather the pictures of the whole clan and their statements were given front page coverage. Long term social and psychological implications from such a heinous crime are far reaching. The investigations should be quick and culprits must be awarded shariah compliant penalties, I wish it should be a painful death for the culprits.

S. A. M.
Sep 22, 2013 02:53pm

@Aziz: What Shariah in Pakistan you are talking about. They do not want to keep stride with the changing times. They would insist on having a witness to the rape. Now from where the child will bring the witness for the incident which is done behind closed doors. They do not want to rely on the DNA Test results but the rest of the world will take that into account. Please open the door of ijtihad so that your sect can come out of the cave, please stop riding on the camels and try aero planes. Will you?

Sep 22, 2013 02:59pm

another shameful episode in Pakistan what the hell is going on in that country?

Sep 22, 2013 05:16pm

The very first requirement in a hospital is that it should do the sick no harm

Shafiq Chuahdary
Sep 22, 2013 08:14pm

Why people leave their kids un-attended, if they can't take care and keep an eye what they doing and where they playing they don't deserve to have any children.

Adil Jadoon
Sep 23, 2013 07:51am

@A Reasonable Hindu: What nonsense are you talking about!

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