Child abuse: 12-year-old dies after being beaten by teacher with stick

Published: February 13, 2011
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Hussain’s daughters lived with seminary teacher Pinko who accused them of theft.

Hussain’s daughters lived with seminary teacher Pinko who accused them of theft.

MUZAFFARABAD: A seminary student died after she was beaten by her teacher on Saturday.

A recently released post mortem report has proven that 12-year-old Shamim and her younger sister Sonia were severely beaten by their employer and teacher. Shamim died on the way to the Muzaffargarh hospital and doctors confirmed that she had suffered severe head trauma and other injuries.

According to police officials, Lat Karan resident Nazar Hussain’s daughters Shamim (12) and Sonia (7) worked at the house of a local seminary teacher Pinko Mai. “The woman taught them how to recite the Quran and they also did house hold chores for her to help our family with finances,” Hussain told the police. Hussain, who is a daily wage labourer said that his daughters had been working for Musammat Pinko Mai for over three years and lived with her and her daughters in their house.

Hussain said that he received a call from Pinko Mai on Saturday afternoon telling him to come and collect his daughter.

“They told me that Shamim had fainted and that I should come and take her. When I spoke to Sonia she was too scared to say anything so I headed for their house,” Hussain said. He told the police that he went to the house only to find it locked. When I broke in Sonia was lying in a corner and they had propped Shamim on a chair but she wasn’t moving and she was unconscious. Hussain said that Pinko Mai, her daughters Gogi and Rosie and her brother Fajid were all missing and they had locked up the house.

“Both my daughters were injured. Sonia wasn’t severely hurt but she had been beaten also,” he said. Neighbours took the girls to the local DHQ hospital but doctors said that Shamim was dead on arrival. “The girl’s skull had been split open and she probably died instantly,” said DHQ Dr Naeem, adding that the other child, Sonia, had been given a tetanus injection for her injuries but was not in serious condition.

“We have released the other child after an examination,” he said.

Sonia (7) later told the police that Pinko Mai had accused the girls of stealing her clothes. “We kept saying that we didn’t do it but she started beating us with a stick,” the girl told police officials. Sonia said that her older sister received a blow to the head and passed out in front of her.

“I don’t remember what happened after that and the woman escaped,” she said.

Muzaffargarh Police has registered a case against Mussamat Pinko, her brother Fajid and her daughters Gogi and Rosie.

Sonia told police officials that Pinko Mai’s daughters had also beaten the girls on suspicion of theft and that the family said that they would attack them if they told the police. Police officials have filed an FIR under Section 302 of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC).

Investigation officer Noor Hussain Dakhna said “We are searching for the family’s whereabouts and doctors have confirmed that the girl was beaten to death.” Station House Officer (SHO) Sadiq Hussain Rind said that the case was being pursued and that justice would be dealt to the victim’s family.

Hospital officials have handed over Shamim’s body to her family for burial.

Published in The Express Tribune, February 13th, 2011.

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Reader Comments (15)

  • Feb 13, 2011 - 11:58AM

    Disgusting, sad, sickening and unfoutunately….nothing new, here in the “land of the pure”.Recommend

  • Feb 13, 2011 - 12:27PM

    Oh but surely Pinko can’t be punished for what she did, I mean after all, she was teaching the girls the Quran, that just grants instant forgiveness for any sin you commit don’t you know!Recommend

  • Jeddy
    Feb 13, 2011 - 1:13PM

    Teachers violence is tolerated even by the parents. It is considered some kind of virtue. Hitting children on their head or their back is very harmful. Generally the excuse given by the teachers is that the child is not paying attention, is careless or indifferent. There can be several reasons for this and violence is not the answer. In many cases children have poor eyesight, they cannot see what is on the blackboard. Or they have problem in reading because they cannot read what is written in a book. The child could some medical problems which also cannot be cured through violence. The only thing which violence teaches is that being bigger and stronger than someone else who is not is the way to get things done. It should be against the law for teachers to beat a child, mishandle the child or speak to the child in an abusive language. This should be taught to the parent too. Any school which allows such practice should be fined and teachers who do this fined or imprisoned. Recommend

  • Zulfiqar Ali
    Feb 13, 2011 - 2:34PM

    Barbarity at its best! i wonder wat this lunatic used to teach them about the Holy Quran,not knowing a word of it herself! May the girl’s soul rest in peace and wrath be upon this murderer. Recommend

  • NAFEESA
    Feb 13, 2011 - 2:35PM

    This is sick!! people are so cruel and have no humanity left in them..the police better do something at least this time around.Recommend

  • shaikh adeel ahmed
    Feb 13, 2011 - 3:53PM

    @Ghausia:
    If its sarcasm then its not a good 1….
    Islam doesn’t allow beating children to death although beating is allowed but only on the hips and only to boys….Recommend

  • AYAZ
    Feb 13, 2011 - 3:56PM

    this is so unfortunate…i still remember the old schools days when i was kid,,i was very weak in reading Verses of Holy Quran..though he forgot to teach us the meaning of those verses and that insane Qari was beating me like mad dogs on street in freezing temperature…the govt should ban this non sense beating in schools and parents need to make stand against this insane practice in schools…Recommend

  • Feb 13, 2011 - 4:51PM

    no wonder kids hate school….Recommend

  • Anwar Hasan
    Feb 13, 2011 - 9:12PM

    The land of the pure.Recommend

  • Karim Khan
    Feb 13, 2011 - 11:53PM

    Justa minute ago, I read about that 4 year old kid raped and murdered and now this horror. I think I better stop reading now or my nerves will fail.

    And I feel angry at what is happening to children. Why are these cruel people so sick that they don’t spare children even! And I also feel angry at parents who send their little kids to work for such animals. If you are poor, don’t produce children. That is much more appreciable than producing them and throwing them before beasts!Recommend

  • Feb 14, 2011 - 12:50AM

    No child should be hit, beaten, abused in any way.Recommend

  • Riaz
    Feb 14, 2011 - 7:05AM

    @shaikh adeel ahmed:

    bro…..can u tell me where inthe holy quran it says that u can beat a child?? give proper reference if u know what this means.Recommend

  • Karim Khan
    Feb 14, 2011 - 10:04AM

    The intro of the story shows “MUZAFFARABAD” while the incident is reported from Muzaffargarh. Please correct if you may.Recommend

  • Mulla Toofhan
    Feb 15, 2011 - 10:10PM

    Islam has been converted into a tool to terrorize Muslims by
    Certain faction of Muslims It is being used effectively to intimidate, kill, harass
    even murder innocent people, such kind of Islam never existed
    but are being promoted as religion by certain intrest groups. These
    People have tarnished the very name of Islam (peace) for what it actually stands
    For They are Hell bent on making life of every good Muslim a Hell on earthRecommend

  • Anwar Hasan
    Feb 16, 2011 - 3:51PM

    The worst part is they do all this for Islam. To make them better Muslims. It is sickening !!Recommend

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