Nurses protest at JPMC after alleged rape of student

Published: July 14, 2010

Nurses staged a protest at Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre after a doctor allegedly raped a medical student.

KARACHI: Nurses in Jinnah Hospital Karachi are observing a strike against an attack on one of their fellows by a doctor.

A 22-year-old nursing student was treated for head injuries after she suffered a fall from the first-floor kitchen balcony of a doctors’ colony suite inside Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC) on Tuesday.

According to conflicting reports, student M was allegedly subjected to sexual abuse and had jumped to escape. A Medico-Legal Officer (MLO) is now in police custody in connection with this case.

JPMC Accident and Emergency chief Dr Seemin Jamali said in the evening that they were waiting for the medical reports. Later, a WMLO said that according to their initial examination it was rape. The president of the Pakistan Nursing Association, Iqbal Ahmed, had earlier told The Express Tribune that M had been locked up in the MLO’s room for two days.  The police have yet to verify these claims.

According to a doctor on duty, M is a third-year student and hails from the Punjab.

Some children witnessed the fall. “I heard my children scream as they saw the girl fall from the balcony,” reported Dr Saleem, who lives in the area. “When I went there I saw her lying face down, bleeding from her head.” He said her clothes were torn and the MLO was looking down from his balcony. According to officials, the incident took place around 5:30 pm.

The MLO then jumped from the balcony and tried to escape, police said. As he was injured in the jump, people caught him and handed him over to the hospital administration.

“We complained to the hospital administration about the MLO many times. [He] had illegally occupied the room,” claimed Dr Sangeeta, a resident of the colony.

According to reports, the MLO was suspended from his post on disciplinary grounds 15 days prior to the incident. The nursing association’s Iqbal Ahmed said the MLO belonged to Badin district and used to work at Abbasi Shaheed Hospital.

The Saddar police registered an attempt to murder case under Section 234 of the Pakistan Penal Code against the doctor on behalf of JPMC security chief Arshad Janjua. In the FIR, Janjua stated that the MLO threw M from his room.

Saddar SHO Shabbir Hussain said that M was not in a position to record her statement. He said that it had yet to be ascertained whether she jumped of her own accord or was pushed or fell by mistake. “We found broken pieces of glass in the room, which suggests that there was some resistance before the incident,” said the officer.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 14th, 2010.

Reader Comments (60)

  • mussarat ahmedzeb swat
    Jul 14, 2010 - 8:36AM

    it is irrelivent if she jumped or was thrown out of the window,the culprit is the man.i hope he is not with some political party cause they will twist the case.Recommend

  • shazia naz
    Jul 14, 2010 - 11:42AM

    The men should punish as the suspension is not enough, political leader should be involved. The innocent Pakistani daughter is victim and in life and death condition cannot ask for justice. Higher authorities are responsible and would be accountable for final decision and it should be fair and justifiable.Recommend

  • Rashid Saleem
    Jul 14, 2010 - 11:49AM

    Rape or sexual assault against women is the worst crime after killing or may be both stand parallel. The victims of rape suffer tremendous trauma mental and emotional trauma thanks to the taboos which get associated with it. Rather than taking it as something which was forced on the girl, the girl is made to suffer for it in the long run.Recommend

  • Riaz
    Jul 14, 2010 - 12:09PM

    I pray for M, a third-year student, who has come to study from Punjab and fall in said situation. Things will be clear in black n white, as she gets better. Women are not secure any where in the world but especially in the 3rd world countries, as we witnessed couple of days ago in Larkana, where a young girl was beaten by husband and brother, as she was their property! who gave them right to beat and kill woman?

    unfortunately, none of the killer is punished and even they are encouraged by feudal system to kill a woman!

    JPMC Accident and Emergency chief Dr Seemin Jamali (Dr. Semi Jamali or Semin?) said in the evening that they were waiting for the medical reports. Later, a WMLO said that according to their initial examination it was rape. The president of the Pakistan Nursing Association, Iqbal Ahmed, had earlier told The Express Tribune that M had been locked up in the MLO’s room for two days. The police have yet to verify these claims.Recommend

  • Syed A. Mateen
    Jul 14, 2010 - 12:27PM

    Such culprits should be awarded severe punishment so that they should become an example for other people.Recommend

  • Nina
    Jul 14, 2010 - 12:47PM

    People like these should be forced to undergo medical castration! Whatever part of your body you use to commit a crime, that body part should be removed, simple as that.Recommend

  • Jul 14, 2010 - 12:51PM

    Rape or sexual assault against women is the worst crime. That Person must be hanged till deathRecommend

  • Ahsan Saleem
    Jul 14, 2010 - 1:46PM

    Medical castration is the way to go for all such culprits. we need to set example so that other dare not commit such heinous crimes in future..Recommend

  • shazia naz
    Jul 14, 2010 - 2:14PM

    To halt this sort of further incidences, punitive action should be as horrifying that no one can commit this type of crime in future.Recommend

  • Atif
    Jul 14, 2010 - 4:09PM

    i agree with ” Nina’s ” commentsRecommend

  • Sultan Ahmed.
    Jul 14, 2010 - 4:44PM

    I have been studying the incident through media
    since happened but still not come to the conclusion
    there is difference in reporting however my considered opinion
    is that it has really been happened Female is victim.

    Because all the relevant evidence goes against the M so he deserve no sympathy.The case registered under section 324 PPC, is not enough more section be employed against him under islamic law.

    The incident require some essential changes in the administrative system in such institutions where women works with other men.Recommend

  • kamran
    Jul 14, 2010 - 5:09PM

    hi,
    i think these type of incidence continuously happened again and again because of of system ,if these type of criminals gets punishment in right manners it could be stopped , it is a clear sexual harassment case and thees is not involved only one doctor all the doctots involved here to be hanged ,Recommend

  • M.Shahjahan Bhatti
    Jul 14, 2010 - 5:27PM

    Let’s concentrate on how to check such male officers who force a subordinate for rape and kill her. Interior ministry is responsible for such omissions and commissions of its staff. Why the minister doesn’t resign if he can’t control such horrible events being reported every second day. Recommend

  • khaqan haider
    Jul 14, 2010 - 6:10PM

    hi
    it was sorry incident.the girls who only serve humanity can,t be treated like this. if the victim is prrove to be guilty he must give severe punishment. so that people like abd ul jabbar don,t have dare to do like this again
    INSHAALLAH the girl will be better soon
    GET WELL SOONRecommend

  • Ammar Rashid
    Jul 14, 2010 - 6:12PM

    I agree with Nina’s comments.Recommend

  • Jul 14, 2010 - 6:57PM

    @nina I agree with you….That body part should be removed…I hold other kind of punishments for such culprits…saw the picture of this victim girl…Couldnt see it any more…She has all the head injuries…I wanted to post the link to her and the culprit pics,,, but dont know whether tribune allows it or not…I know their names as well…At least expose the name of the Doctor,, hes a culprit…Recommend

  • abc
    Jul 14, 2010 - 7:18PM

    How cruel pathetic and sad. the girl came to study, this is what is happening at places of education. my prayers are with he girl, hope she gets better physically as well is able to look past it, and move on emotionally.
    its not clear from the news article, whether it was actually rape or attempted rape. i hope nothing permanent happened, and that Allah helps her get through this. Ameen.Recommend

  • Joseph Sardar
    Jul 14, 2010 - 7:23PM

    I strongly condemn sexual assault by a doctor. However, I am eager to condemn the free will of the victim nurse. It is very common in Pakistan, even, in western culture, a female always avoid to go into the room where a single male use to live.Recommend

  • Rana Ghayour
    Jul 14, 2010 - 7:32PM

    A big mistake by the victim nurse and a brutal crime by the doctor.Recommend

  • Jul 14, 2010 - 10:07PM

    @Rana Ghayour – MLO is not a doctor .. please correct your thoughts on that one !Recommend

  • John Bosco
    Jul 14, 2010 - 11:36PM

    Culprit should be hanged he should not be released this is evident the actions are not taken in the past against such people therefore they take law in their hands. This is not the matter of Christain Nurse it is the matter of “daughter of Pakistan” who was not only raped but struggling her life. I would request the Presient of Pakistan, Prime Minister Pakistan and Chief Minister Sindh to take strict actions against him. Throughing from the job is not the solution of this crime. Recommend

  • Kamran
    Jul 15, 2010 - 12:08AM

    I am fail to understand that a rascal was living among the hospital staff who are not less than hundreds any no body splash him on his highest degree criminal activities I am in favor of taking action rather then protesting because history reports that criminals after. Committing even the worst crime of the history easily manage to escape. People should burn them then and there because they deserve the punishment and agony more then that. That Dr. Is not oly a bad spot on medical profession even he is the one who defamed our Deen our religious values. They are the know enemies of Allah and his rasool and they don’t deserve any discount. Please kill them before they reach to court because they can easily escape from their by to attempt another take innocent life. ALLAH Ho AKBAR I cannot even imagine that an educated person a muslim can reach the height sin criminal act. Recommend

  • Raheel Salman
    Jul 15, 2010 - 12:10AM

    Anyways interrogate is underway, let see.
    After all it is a crime by suspended MLO Dr.Jabbar.Recommend

  • Erum Gill
    Jul 15, 2010 - 6:23AM

    according to reprots the doctor has been shifted to Aga khan hospoital and his freinds MLOs are trying to rescue him. a new precedent should be established that no other one baster could have dare to rap any gril.Recommend

  • Mohammad Adnan
    Jul 15, 2010 - 8:25AM

    As a muslim and a doctor myself I would like to express that its a most shameful act which has been committed. Considering the alleged was a dcotor is even a more shocking fact. As doctor we are taught to help people. This is a black spot on the medical communtiy which has to be dealt with in a manner so that such mistakes can’t be repeated again. An example has to be set by giving in my opinion the harshest punishment to the accused after all enquiries have been conducted.Recommend

  • Jul 15, 2010 - 9:29AM

    The solution of this tragic incident is very simple. Just hang the culprit until death ASAP and keep hanged for three days only. This solution is required to be demonstrated publicly. I promise, it would not harm the society. However, MLO needs not worry if he is already affiliated/backed by a political party. Soon he will receive a clean chit by the courts of law. Otherwise, the President can easily grant him pardon and the innocent masses will soon forget this incident and wait for another to occur.Recommend

  • shazia naz
    Jul 15, 2010 - 9:30AM

    Now that doctor is shifted in Aga Khan Hospital for better treatment of his minor injuries. What about that innocent girl who is severely injured? Just to show in media, say good words about her and feel pity on her…. can’t we do something in addition for her? Why she is still in JPMC why not shifted in other hospital for intensive care! just because she was a nurse belongs to poor family and had low recourses than doctor. Where is the role of democratic leader? when they would appear in this scenario?Recommend

  • Kamran Haider
    Jul 15, 2010 - 11:05AM

    again it is hard to understand that what our authorities are waiting for! Christmas? where is supreme court so moto action where is Waseem Ahemd CCPO and where is Prime Minister Gilani. why nawaz shareef is silent. where is Asma Jahangir and Human Rights Leaders. They all are sleeping because it has not happened with their sister, daughter, or wife.

    It is highly requested to all respectful authorities of The State of Pakistan to please take an immediate notice of the matter and punish that beast so hard that every one should remember it at least for a decade. Recommend

  • M.Shahjahan Bhatti
    Jul 15, 2010 - 11:15AM

    Mullahs have not resolved sex issues for Muslim society. Putting a lid on it makes it Pandora Box. Our youth is sex frustrated, there should be no doubt about that. Coquettish behavior of our females make it explosive. Why media doesn’t hold a trial of Mullah for not doing much to improve the morality of youth in Pakistan? Otherwise who’s responsible for this moral turpitude? Why Mullah is raising a finger to Internet without doing sufficient homework on the deteriorating morality of our youth. Instead of using Internet for research work, they waste time on sex sites. In final analysis our Mullah is directly responsible for sexual violence against women. Recommend

  • Jul 15, 2010 - 12:50PM

    This blogger is in total agreement with Nina,Ahsan Saleem and Atif. Punishment should be conducted publicly, like the late general Zia used to flog the opponents to his rule. JUSTICE DELAYED IS JUSTICE DENIED. Recommend

  • Amanat ali
    Jul 15, 2010 - 1:13PM

    This is a crime and serious crime to destroy someone respect specially the women. The such M, how can she and her parents face the peoples, totally wrong. The such Doctor should be punished and the court should take notice. Very disappointing and sad. God help her and give her health and bless her and family.Recommend

  • Ravi Shankar Swami
    Jul 15, 2010 - 2:18PM

    Its high time action is taken against the culprit. The poor girl is in coma.. and the main culprit is admitted in Agha Khan Hospital..wat justice… he shud b hanged in open ground in front of everyone. The poor girl has no father n brother, just 3 sisters. Such a heinous crime shud be dealt with seriously.Recommend

  • Syme Kebbel
    Jul 15, 2010 - 5:33PM

    I don’t know why people are acting as jurists? lets PPC decide the fate of miscreant after complete investigation. the raw passion will take you nowhere. Rules and punishments are changed and there is no tit for tat punishments in PPC unless somebody want to settle it under Qisas and Diyaat, which is in appropriate here. Medical castration is not the answer and if One still think that way then one should gouge the eyes as well.
    First stone should be cast by the one who is not sinner.
    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/columnists/irfan-husain-who-will-cast-the-first-stone-470Recommend

  • Rev. Arif Manzoor
    Jul 15, 2010 - 5:50PM

    I hope there’s justice done for the sake of this poor girl…..that “doctor” is a monster…Recommend

  • M.Shahjahan Bhatti
    Jul 15, 2010 - 6:11PM

    Our judiciary obeys power. Let the judge know that power of the people is not with the doctor but with the girl. Recommend

  • Ramesh Kumar NICH
    Jul 15, 2010 - 6:35PM

    Hi. I agree with Rashid Saleem’s comments.Recommend

  • Hassan chaudhary
    Jul 15, 2010 - 11:21PM

    impartial investigation should be carried out, looking the aspect whether the girl went their deliberately or some one had kidnapped him.Recommend

  • Jul 15, 2010 - 11:34PM

    @Nazir Habib – totally agreed ! Recommend

  • Dr. Manan Junejo
    Jul 16, 2010 - 12:32AM

    why not government takes serious steps to kick out outsiders from the hostels of Jinnah. many outsiders including dr.memon (who allegedly sexually harassed girl) have been living here for last many years and these rooms are said to be dens for the criminals minded people. the administration of the hospital is fully aware about. But no action has yet been taken against them.

    There is no other solution except expelling these people out from the rooms.

    Dr. Junejo
    Nawabshah Recommend

  • Ravi Shankar Swami
    Jul 16, 2010 - 1:05AM

    @ Hassan Chaudhary.. how insensitive of u. cant u read that the girl tried to commit suicide. why on hell would she want to commit suicide if she went there deliberately. C’mon, open ur eyes now n pray for that girl, rather than questioning her integrity.. I m ashamed that such a heinous act has happened in our country n sum ppl still want 2 check whether the girl is lying.. simply ridiculous!!Recommend

  • Hassan chaudhary
    Jul 16, 2010 - 10:04AM

    whats wrong with it if i say that impartial inquiry should be carried out. If she is innocent then doctor must be hanged. I am not supporting the doctor but want to seek justice for every one. Recommend

  • Yahya Qadir Warraich
    Jul 16, 2010 - 12:45PM

    @ Hassan Chaudhary: I totally agree with you. There should be impartial investigation and death penalty shoud be given to MLO if he is guilty but two questions are very important, How she went there? and what happened after that??Recommend

  • shazia naz
    Jul 16, 2010 - 12:54PM

    Agreed with Hassan chaudharyRecommend

  • Yahya Qadir Warraich
    Jul 16, 2010 - 1:22PM

    @ nina: I totally disagree with your point of view that those body parts should be removed which are used to commit crime. There are many reasons for that but one of the reasons is its impractical. Almost 15 years back I heard a shameful incident happened in Gujranwala Cantt where four girls kidnapped a man who was just walking on the way and then sexually abuse him. The girls used injections for longer amusement. After some hours the kidnapped man died. In this case what punishment will you give to those girls….!!?Recommend

  • Kimberly
    Jul 16, 2010 - 9:07PM

    Nurses Are the AnGel may God Protect her and give justice to herRecommend

  • Anonymous
    Jul 17, 2010 - 12:08AM

    He should be hanged till death….Recommend

  • Ravi Shankar Swami
    Jul 17, 2010 - 1:44AM

    @ Yahya Qadir Warraich.. Sorry to say, but this is not the time to compare earlier crimes.. I do agree with Nina.. death penalty will b too easy punishment. He should be punished the way they punish in Saudi Arabia. The girl was drugged with Injection and its evn proved today dat she was raped. She had complained about the MLO previously as well and he was suspended. Now why the hell on earth will she go deliberately over there. Just that she is a female, we should not try to find excuses to save that bloody doctor. Its a shame that we live in a country where we are strong enough to challenge, protest and ban against blasphemous acts, international websites like Facebook but do nothing against such barbaric acts!Recommend

  • Asif Nazeer
    Jul 17, 2010 - 2:44AM

    This is only due to absence of Law and Order in our Country. Recommend

  • Dr Wajid Hanif
    Jul 18, 2010 - 10:40PM

    My question is simple…Why did she go to MLO room?
    she was having an illegitimate affair with the doctor? and no one knows what sequence of events led to this disaster..
    The women always become the oppressed and innocent when ever such an incident takes place… Does the burden of responsibility rests always on the shoulders of men?
    Why?Recommend

  • BASIT ALI
    Jul 19, 2010 - 2:11PM

    Me yeh keh na chata houn k aise Admi ko sakht se sakht saza milni chayee.
    Meri President se Request ha k isse saboot milne sare aam Phansi milni chyee taake puri Duniya dekhe. Recommend

  • ARZ MOHAMMAD GOLA
    Jul 20, 2010 - 1:40PM

    VERY Very Sad news.Recommend

  • Ravi Shankar Swami
    Jul 20, 2010 - 4:46PM

    @ Dr. Wajid! Instead of defending ur fellow doctor, I think u shud go through the news to confirm what happend. Recommend

  • Lina Fernandes
    Jul 21, 2010 - 9:14AM

    Dr Wajid Hanif – Such a rediculous thought of yours.. if the girl was having an affair or was willingly to be with the the culprit, he wouldn’t have cut he rwith blades and given such injuries which are near to death. I am amazaed to know that men in this country have such an approach towards crimes like rape. Only one question from you Dr. Wajid and rest of you all: (God for bid) what if anything like this would have happened with your daugther or sister or wife? would you have called it willingness?
    Give it a thought and you will find the anwser!Recommend

  • Ravi Shankar Swami
    Jul 21, 2010 - 11:05AM

    I agree wid Lina! It just shows how insensitive u r Dr. Wajid! just shows the way u think! I am a male also, but hate this male mentality that men are always rite n its bcoz ppl like u, that the society has kept hav formed this opinion about all males. Instead of doubting the girl’s integrity, just pray for her recovery, rather than give such stupid and insensitive commentsRecommend

  • Hira Mir
    Jul 21, 2010 - 11:48AM

    Such incidents on our society our condemned and people thinking there is no law and order must be punished to the highest level. Due to the Taliban people have become more violent and becoming animals. They need to be leashed with the harshest of manner.Recommend

  • Eraj
    Jul 21, 2010 - 11:50AM

    Why the hell don’t so called perfect Muslims ‘Taliban’ see this and burn some rapists in fire in front of everyone so that for once we could treat women like they deserve to be. Our society is the worst than any! These should be shot in open! Such actions are ruining our society.Recommend

  • Eraj
    Jul 22, 2010 - 12:32PM

    Another sad and tragic incident which has no words. I hope these maniacs burn in hell who give rise to such violence in the society and portray a wrong image of Pakistan.Recommend

  • Mansoor Khalid
    Jul 22, 2010 - 12:41PM

    Very sad. Brutality and violence against a weaker sex is in no way an act worthy of praise. It is shameful but I believe it is a result of frustration which develops with restrictions from the religion.Recommend

  • mno
    Aug 1, 2010 - 2:30PM

    I am sorry to say Dr. Wajid Hanif YOU are in favour of the calprit. I agree the girl should not go there but even if she went there whatever was done to her is done by the man so she innocent and that man should be punished. So its not necessary that being a man you should take side of man. plz keep your man ego aside and think like a normal human being, that man is guilty of what he did!Recommend

  • busma
    Oct 25, 2010 - 6:06PM

    such person sould be punished.Recommend

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