Rape attempt at Punjab University hostel

Published: February 4, 2011

Intruder escaped after student raised alarm.

LAHORE: A rape attempt was reported by a female student at Punjab University Girls Hostel on Thursday night. The man involved escaped after the girl raised a ruckus, The Express Tribune has learnt.

The girl, an MPhil Behavourial Sciences student, said a man entered her room at around 3 am and tried to rape her.

When she cried out, she said, the man raced way. Other students soon made their way to her room. At around 4 am assistant superintendent Qudsia arrived at the hostel and tried to pacify the students.

The students, however, would not calm down and at around 5 am hostel warden Farah and close to 6 in the morning Hall Council chairman Ather Amin arrived at the scene.

A student who resides at the hostel spoke with the The Express Tribune on the condition of anonymity and said that a man entered the hostel around 3 am. She said that he went to the first floor and started checking for open doors.

He entered a room but upon finding two women there who woke up, changed his mind and stepped out. She said he then went to the right wing of the hostel and entered a room where a student was fast asleep.

She said once the sleeping woman woke up she cried out for help. She said that she also tried to switch on the lights while the man attempted to pin her down.

The woman kept shouting and after about five minutes the intruder fled.

Another student said that the girls in the room the man had initially tried to enter had a vague sense of a man peeping in. She said that the man seemed to know his way around the hostel.

Amin while speaking with The Express Tribune said that the student had most likely had a nightmare. He said even so the matter was being investigated. He claimed that the guards on duty saw no one enter or exit.

One of the students insisted that two of the guards at the entrance were missing from duty that night.

Published in The Express Tribune, February 4th, 2011.

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Reader Comments (12)

  • Shahzad Ahmad
    Feb 4, 2011 - 12:42PM

    Am truly appalled yet again shocked at the irresponsible reporting of Tribune. As you know that there are very few ppl do MPhill. Not only you are mentioning the department but also other details which you could easily do without for your news.

    You are continuing to shatter our trust and belief in positive media reporting.

    Its a case of attempted rape… why you are focusing this girls nightmare in this news item just to further weaken her plea??? ShockedRecommend

  • anny laghari
    Feb 4, 2011 - 2:46PM

    thts disgusting….!!!Recommend

  • abc
    Feb 4, 2011 - 3:09PM

    mostly media show eveil look. They release news and no followup and sometimes they release news with no evidenceRecommend

  • uXuf
    Feb 4, 2011 - 5:44PM

    Amin while speaking with The Express Tribune said that the student had most likely had a nightmare.

    This is just amazing.Recommend

  • Sara
    Feb 4, 2011 - 7:34PM

    It may possible.

    as some attempts of entrance were made in past, thats why the old hostels of girls are totally packed with iron grills. and it seems u r in some JAIL.

    Due to some illicit people Girls life is really HORRIBLE.

    M sure it was not a night mare.Recommend

  • shazia bloch
    Feb 4, 2011 - 9:34PM

    what is reality behind the news ? some feminist are creating the issues of horror also media ( yellow journalism) in Pakistan is assigned to create Appalachian trail Recommend

  • Feb 4, 2011 - 10:09PM

    a nightmare?? like seriously ‘sir’ ? U don’t even have a good sense of humor!Recommend

  • Mehr
    Feb 4, 2011 - 11:52PM

    Mr Shahzad Ahmed should realise that bringing attention to the matter would add pressure on the Uni to protect the girls better, and also raises accountability. Express is right to have raised this issue, the girl isn’t being projected as a criminal. I’m glad to have seen this piece and would be careful not to leave my door unlocked if I ever stay in such a place.Recommend

  • Mudassar Nawaz
    Feb 5, 2011 - 12:22AM

    @Shahzad Ahmad:
    excellent analysis!completely endorse ur comment!Recommend

  • Feb 5, 2011 - 1:15AM

    Alarming Situation in Punjab. Such a bad governance..Recommend

  • Steven
    Feb 5, 2011 - 7:10PM

    What does a questionable episode of rape have to do with governance? Such nonsense. If a criminal tries to commit rape, he should be charged and the law authorities should look into improviong security butin this case, there is doubt that there was even an attempted rape. The Punjab is still the safest and best run province in Pakistan. Crying alarm without basis only shows that there are some very jelous people out there.Recommend

  • Sid
    Feb 7, 2011 - 11:51AM

    Its sad to know and its not first case reported in media regarding PU. Few of us often raise our voice on the authenticity of the news. Till today personally I have not seen any irresponsibility by The Express Tribune as I am a regular reader. Anyhow such cases are being reported on a daily bases on electronic media as well.Yesterday’s news in Express news urdu “Dairaghazi Khan” case is horrible and another case of Sheikhpura is condemnable.Accused should be arrested immediately and medico-legal of survivors should be taken place with in 24 hours from the relevant DHQ,THQ or RHC. We can search the number of relevant Police Station** and make a pressure to registrar the case with applicable clauses in F.I.R. Appeal for girls/boys stop searching prince/princess and avoid wrong calls and DO NOT REPLY UNKNOWN SMS. Recommend

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