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Health worker allegedly gang raped for administering polio drops

Published Dec 22, 2015 07:33pm

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PESHAWAR: A lady health worker, who also took part in a number of anti-polio campaigns, claimed on Tuesday that four men had barged into her house and gang raped her allegedly for administering anti-polio drops to the children in the area.

Speaking to media at Peshawar Press Club, the lady health worker, a mother of five children, claimed that on August 28, she was gang raped by four men in Bablu Kalay area of Nowshehra district.

The victim claimed that four people entered her house wearing masks and raped her at gunpoint, two of the intruders were in police uniform while the other two were in plain clothes.

Demanding justice from the federal and provincial government, the health worker also showed copy of a First Information Report (FIR) lodged in Akbarpura police station on 28 August, a copy of which is available with Dawn.com.

The woman said that a security official, living in a portion of her house as a paying guest, used to warn her of dire consequences if she did not stop administering polio drops to the children.

She said that the man told her that the source of her income is 'unfair' as the money she gets comes from the 'Jews', so she should leave her job, warning her that some 'militants' will come and harm her if she does not mend her ways.

Extremists in KP and Balochistan claim that the polio vaccination drive is a front for espionage or a conspiracy to sterilise Muslims.

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Ehsan Dec 22, 2015 07:36pm

Pathetic and disgusting.

ayub Dec 22, 2015 07:46pm

Justice must be done to her.

dudenator Dec 22, 2015 08:05pm

Next time before raising fingers on India, please look at your own country!!!

Sam Dec 22, 2015 08:24pm

wheres the anger when women get raped!??

noshin Dec 22, 2015 08:27pm

disgusting

Naseem Dec 22, 2015 08:31pm

@dudenator The news nowhere blames india for this sad incidence.

FutureWizard Dec 22, 2015 08:31pm

Sad, a female health worker is violated this way. Sympathies from India.

FutureWizard Dec 22, 2015 08:34pm

@dudenator Dude, I don't think we should get into this discussion, I understand there are few folks, who will raise fingers at India. It's time to show disguest and solidarity with the health worker. FYI, I'm and Indian and disgusted with any such event.

Syed Abdul Majeed Shah Dec 22, 2015 08:35pm

CM of province should not take meal before providing justice to victim, I mean action against police in charge of station where FIR was lodged on 28th August after almost four months a women was forced to appear in front of press to beg for justice shame on those who did not perform their duty . I G Police, CM of KPK And IK must take immediate action.

Ali Dec 22, 2015 08:41pm

Sad and tragic. The very foundation that this nation stands on, is being abused (repeatedly) and the government sleeps!! Not the first and not the last. Where are the religious leaders and thekaidars? Shameful that this had to come to the fore due to no action by the police.

arif durrani Dec 22, 2015 09:00pm

Shame incident took place in CM's own district.

Saeed Masood Dec 22, 2015 09:07pm

Imran Khan this is a challenge for you...you say that you have improved the police in KPK...please ask you IG to catch the criminals and punish them...

Larka Dec 22, 2015 09:16pm

Where is Khadime-Ala?Kasur now Peshawar.

usman Dec 22, 2015 10:02pm

pti govt please do something this is unacceptable. kpk should be a model state not a terrorist haven.

Zim Dec 22, 2015 10:02pm

What is Imran Khan going to do about this? He better take action

HoshWagan Dec 22, 2015 10:10pm

Punish the culprits. If not then ready for another incident. Wake up Govt.

Adil Jadoon Dec 22, 2015 10:10pm

So why has nothing been done so far. Also were protocols followed to ascertain the truth?

amal Dec 22, 2015 10:17pm

Imran Khan should come out and administer polio vaccine to children himself to take away the doubts and taboo from people's minds.

Zak Dec 22, 2015 10:25pm

She deserves Justice and it should start with the security man as paying guest.

rizwan Dec 22, 2015 10:25pm

These rotten,disgusting terrorists with putrefied brains should be disemboweled in public!No mercy of any sort should be shown towards anyone of this ideology-they should be smoked out from their Tora Bora like rat holes!Why doesnt the KPK government provide full time security to these health care workers?

Asif Dec 22, 2015 10:33pm

I wish that the law was so powerful so that these incidents would have never happened.

Muhammed Dec 22, 2015 10:39pm

i am really sorry for her and am at awe at the thinking of these people. if involved - he should be punished with Maximum punishment that the law allows and other should be found and hanged

ordinary citizen Dec 22, 2015 11:10pm

4 months since FIR, Way to go "New KPK" with all the police reforms.

Krishna Dec 22, 2015 11:42pm

Extremely unfortunate.

Fellow readers: I see comments comparing this with India. This incidence is so bad that we should not even think of comparisons.

Many of us want the two Governments to talk and have good relations. Can we start that from these forums - with we the normal/common people?

The first thing that we can do is to atleast stop comparing the two countries and spreading hatred towards each other. All of us may not succeed. But, can some of us try atleast?

hnmirza Dec 23, 2015 12:01am

Where's the outrage at such a heinous crime? And why are there no arrests? This lady was on national duty..she should have been protected. And in comparison, 25 MQM leaders have nonbailable warrants for "listening " to some silly speech? What justice!!

beinghuman@usa.com Dec 23, 2015 12:14am

Assuming the victim is a government employee, how come health department is not taking up this case with appropriate security department (home or defence)? Why does she have to fight this in individual capacity? Were earlier threats of dire consequences ignored by health department?

Asif Dec 23, 2015 01:12am

@dudenator : you need to worry about India since we have bigger issues than us. Your pathetic comments tells me you are from India and remember it is a crime against humanity regardless of race and religion.

numbersnumbers Dec 23, 2015 01:16am

The guest "security officer" must be interviewed about his statements to the women since, by his displayed prejudices, he is obviously knowledgeable about the event and those responsible!

Philosopher (from Japan) Dec 23, 2015 01:42am

Hmmm. So this is the new police in new Pakistan?

Muhammad Dec 23, 2015 02:00am

The culpable silence of UN, UNHCR and WHO is worrisome, its their responsibility to provide protection to Anti-polio vaccination's workers because these projects goes on under the shadow of mentioned organizations and they need to take impermeable steps to stop such happening in future.

Dv Dec 23, 2015 04:56am

Pakistan govt needs a very big information campaign to educate people about the benefits of polio vaccination. It is indeed very sad that a health worker has had to face such trauma.

Someone Dec 23, 2015 05:55am

This is so horrible. A woman who is giving her time and energy to save the future of Pakistani kids is being treated like this. Horrible.

B.Patel. (USA) Dec 23, 2015 06:05am

A mother, trying to save other children from Polio is prevented from doing her work and also attacked physically and emotionally. Can not go any lower than this. God help the lady and kids.

Imran Ahmed Dec 23, 2015 08:23pm

If the will were there the perpetrators would be found. If anyone is, they are the ones deserving of stoning to death.