Female doctor claims she was assaulted by PML-N MPA

Nurse claims she was slapped, Arif Sandheela denies the incident.

Web Desk July 11, 2013
A screengrab shows Dr Sana Jabeen talking to the media. SCREENGRAB: EXPRESSNEWS

SHEIKHUPURA: A Pakistan Muslim League- Nawaz (PML-N) MPA Arif Sandheela allegedly physically assaulted a lady doctor Dr Sana Jabeen over disagreement during a routine visit at a hospital, Express News reported on Thursday.

Although the DPO on site said that the police will start investigation in to the case once the lady doctor files a request, she has reportedly been taken to the district police station where she is being pressurised into a compromise.

Dr Sana claimed the issue was regarding free medicines, even though the government does not provide them.  According to her account, MPA Sandheela is known to frequent the clinic for free medication and has never purchased a required hospital ticket priced at Rs2.

Eyewitnesses and colleagues testified that he has never purchased the required ticket.

“He threw the mobile phone at my stomach and pushed me as well. If this can happen to an educated female doctor, it can happen to anyone. I request the chief of Punjab to remove this MPA from his post because he is harassing people”, she said while speaking to the media with teary eyes.

“He always asks for free medicines though it is not his right. Even when he was not an MPA this was his behavior- now that he is a MPA, he blackmails me regarding my position”, she added.

Eyewitnesses claimed that the MPA misbehaved with the lady doctor and was seen to be very angry. The lady doctor was seen crying after she had been slapped.

According to reports, Arif Sandheela denied the incident and termed the allegations baseless. Sandheela said that the doctor is accusing him of the incident in hope of receiving a transfer. When contacted by Express News, he said he would get back with an answer however no word has been received yet.

Tension surrounding transfer

Arif Sandheela claimed that the lady doctor had been requesting the MPA to put a stop to her transfer as she was in charge of the veterinary hospital. Sandheela said, he told Dr Sana that the hospital was not in his constituency and that the position of the hospital in charge required a grade 18 doctor, whereas Dr Sana falls short being a grade 17 doctor.

He denied this incident and addressed the assault question saying he dropped his phone. He also thinks this may have been a pre-planned attempt from people who knew he was due for a hearing in the ASP’s office, regarding a case dated to Nawaz Sharif’s visit to Sheikhupura during the election campaign.

Previously, another MPA from the same party received criticism in the media regarding a similar incident. Nighat Nasir Sheikh’s PML-N party membership was annulled on June 19 for harassing and slapping a bus hostess.

According to reports, Sheikh had asked for water from a bus hostess; the hostess failed to serve water on time, which resulted in a quarrel. The annoyed MPA slapped the bus hostess in the face and harassed her.

The driver of the private bus immediately took the bus to a police station and the passengers demanded legal action against the MPA in question.

This is a developing story and will be updated accordingly.