SC orders production of child maid, accused

Published: January 6, 2017

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court has ordered authorities to present before it today [Friday] the ten-year-old child maid – Tayyaba – allegedly tortured during her employment at the residence of an additional district and sessions judge in the federal capital.

The apex court has also issued a notice for attendance of the accused Maheen Zafar, wife of Additional District & Sessions Judge Raja Khurram Ali Khan.

It has ordered Islamabad’s advocate general, DIG and SSP to appear along with the record and to ensure presence of Tayyaba, her parents and relatives mentioned in record. District and sessions judge- Islamabad West has also been directed to ensure production of record and proceedings of the case.

The Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar on Wednesday took suo motu notice of alleged torture of the child after her father ‘forgave’ Judge Khan and his wife.

The judge and his wife were booked after the juvenile maid recorded her statement before police in the presence of Assistant Commissioner Potohar Nisha Ishtiaq. The judge’s wife was granted bail.

The judge and his wife were accused of keeping the juvenile maid in wrongful confinement, burning her hand, beating her with a ladle, detaining her in a storeroom and threatening her with even worse.

The CJP took notice of the alleged torture and subsequent patch-up, and sought a detailed report from the Islamabad High Court (IHC) registrar within 24 hours.

The grisly story of the juvenile maid was picked up by the electronic media after it went viral on social media earlier this week. Subsequently, IHC’s top judge took notice and directed the registrar to initiate an inquiry.

The registrar summoned the judge and police officials concerned and recorded their statements before submitting them to the IHC chief justice. However, the maid’s father ‘pardoned’ the judge before the inquiry could be completed.

In the FIR, the girl stated that she had been living at the judge’s house for nearly two years where she was often beaten up. She said when she had lost a broom, ‘Mano Baji’, the judge’s wife, forced her hand on fire, until her flesh sizzled. She was hit on her face with a hot ladle; forced to spend nights locked up in a tiny room, hungry and starving.

Meanwhile, the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences’ (Pims) medical board – comprising Dr Tariq Iqbal, Dr Hameedud Din, Dr SH Waqar and Dr Asma – will also examine the victim today. The Pims’ executive director constituted the medical board after a district magistrate on Wednesday requested for it.

As per report of a lady doctor, there are also wounds on the victim’s back which could not be seen during earlier examination. The SSP had requested the district magistrate for constitution of medical board to ascertain the causes of these so that probe into the case could be concluded on merit.

Published in The Express Tribune, January 6th, 2017.

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