Child maid abuse: Girl suffered multiple burns on neck, back, says medical board
ISLAMABAD: A minor girl, who had been rescued from her abusive employers in Sector E-11/3 last week, had suffered multiple burns on her neck, back and forearms.
The details emerged on Friday after a report of a six-member medical examination board at the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (Pims) surfaced.
According to a copy of the report, the 11-year-old girl had two wounds on the right side of her lower neck which were “healing wound with crust involving the superficial part of the skin (partial thickness burn) most probably [caused by] contact burns”. She also had four burn wounds on her left forearm.
Further, she had multiple healed linear scar marks on her back due to blunt trauma or superficial burns.
She also had two healed superficial bite marks over her left shoulder. The girl also had possible bite marks on the left side of her chest.
Moreover, she had swelling on both her feet possibly due to dislocation. However, the report did not find any evidence of sexual abuse.
Golra police had recovered the 11-year-old girl from a house in Sector E-11/3 on March 17 following a complaint from a neighbour. The child maid told the police that she had been brought to the house from Rahim Yar Khan in June 2016, with the consent of her parents, to work.
Police had subsequently arrested a woman and her son for allegedly subjecting the juvenile housemaid to illegal confinement and torture. However, they were released on Saturday after a magistrate accepted their bail pleas.
The child maid claimed that Almas Bibi, her son Ahmed Imtiaz, her daughter Amna, and their servant Basheer had been torturing her for months. She further that on March 16, Imtiaz burnt both her shoulders and left arm with a heated knife allegedly for improper cleaning.