Quack arrested for attempting to rape patient

Patient was shifted to operation theatre on pretext of appendix surgery


Tariq Ismail July 03, 2021

DERA GHAZI KHAN:

Police arrested a quack on Friday after he attempted to rape a patient at a private clinic in the city. The quack tried to sexually abuse the patient who came for the operation to a private clinic in Balkh Sarwar City near the teaching hospital in Civil Line police station limits.

The quack was caught by police from his clinic. Police said the victim was shifted to the trauma centre of the teaching hospital after her health condition deteriorated. The case was filed and proceedings had been initiated.

The patient was brought to the private hospital in Balkh Sarwar City by her family in the afternoon after she complained of severe abdominal pain.

At the private clinic, the quack identified as Muhammad Imran alias Ishtiaq had examined the patient and claimed she had an appendix problem. The quack later transferred the patient to the operating theatre.

At the operation theatre, the quack allegedly tried to drug the woman.

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As a result of this, the patient started feeling dizzy and the quack allegedly attempted to rape her. However, after the victim regained consciousness, she made a noise that caught the attention of her husband and father.

The victim then told her family about the attempted rape incident and they called the police.

Police reached the spot and arrested the quack. Police also registered against the suspect under Sections 376, 511 and 419 on the statement of the victim's husband Muhammad Saeed.

Police also launched further investigation into the matter. When contacted, Health Authority Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dr Sakhawat Ali Randhawa told The Express Tribune that in such cases, the police had the power to take action against private hospitals. If this case comes to us for a medical report, then the report and action will be taken as per the law, he added.

Civil Line police station SHO Karam Ilahi said that the quack had been arrested on the statement of the victim's husband and further proceedings had been launched.

“The woman underwent appendix surgery at the teaching hospital. Therefore, a medical examination could not be conducted. The facts will come to light after further investigation and medical report in the case.”

However, the preliminary investigation had revealed that the suspect was a fake doctor, the SHO added. “No doctor by the name of Muhammad Imran works in the hospital. So the suspect is not a doctor to begin with.

(THE VICTIM’S IDENTITY HAS NOT BEEN DISCLOSED AS A MATTER OF POLICY)

Published in The Express Tribune, July 3rd, 2021.

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