Child housemaid has signs of torture: PIMS chief

Child housemaid has signs of torture: PIMS chief

ISLAMABAD: A ten-year-old maid employed by Islamabad district and sessions judge showed multiple signs of torture, a hospital chief said on Tuesday after the Supreme Court ordered a probe into a case which sparked widespread shock.

The incident has spotlighted rampant child labour in the country. After social media images allegedly showing injuries to the girl's face and hands went viral, the top court intervened last week and ordered a full investigation.

The court also demanded police find the child, who is not being named. Her father removed her from a women's shelter amid reports he had forgiven the judge and his wife and described his daughter's story as untrue.

She was found on Sunday in the suburbs of the capital Islamabad and taken for a medical examination.

"She shows signs of torture," Javed Akram, head of the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) Hospital, said. "Our medical board has observed multiple injuries, burns, blunt injuries and bruises on the child's face," he said. "She has burn marks on her back and on the left hand. She also has a blunt wound on her face. All her wounds are healing."

Another doctor said on condition of anonymity that the child, employed by the district judge in Islamabad, had changed her statement several times.

Media reports said she initially claimed she fell down the stairs and burnt her hands by accident, later telling police she was beaten and had her hands burned on a stove by the judge's wife.

Current figures on the scale of child labour in Pakistan are not available. According to Human Rights Watch, about 13 per cent of Pakistani children aged 10-14 are working.

Girl abducted in Islamabad: A girl has allegedly been abducted within the Karachi Company Police jurisdiction in the federal capital.

Sher Zaman, a resident of G-9, lodged a complaint with the local police that kidnappers have abducted his daughter, 15, from the local market. He suspected that Waheed, Jahanzeb, Basharat, Imitaiz and Hammad could be behind the kidnapping.

The police have registered a case and started investigation.

Beauty parlor looted by masked lady: A lady burglar along with her accomplices looted a beauty parlor near Airport Housing Society.

According to reports, Anees, the victim lodged a complaint with local police that his wife was present in beauty parlor when a masked woman Farwa Shah along with a man Jabir Ali barged into the beauty parlor and snatched jewelry and managed to escape from the scene along with her another accomplice in a vehicle no KIA-3228.

However, Jabir was arrested. Police have registered a case and started an investigation.

Crackdown against alm-seekers and suspects: Senior Superintendent of Police (Operations) Islamabad Sajid Kiani has directed all police officials to ensure effective crackdown against professional alm-seekers.

In his special directions to all SDPOs and SHOs during meeting at Rescue 15 on Tuesday, the SSP (Operation) said that professional alm-seeking is a social evil and all efforts should be made to curb it.

He directed for vigilance against such elements at markets, avenues and signals on the roads. He also directed heads of all police stations to ensure registration of cases against professional beggars after arresting them.

The SSP said that mischievous elements wander in the city in guise of beggars and strict action is needed to curb such activities.

He also asked for stern action against those backing the professional of begging.

SSP Islamabad Sajid Kiani also ordered for strict checking at entry as well as exit points of the city and effective patrolling and high vigilance.

He directed for massive search operation to ensure high vigilance in the city.

He said every effort should be made to ensure protection to the lives and property of citizens. He has also appealed the citizens to remain vigilant and inform police in case of any suspicious activity around them.