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Health worker allegedly gang raped for administering polio drops

December 22, 2015

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.