Former MLO sent to jail in JPMC rape case
By Ishaq Tanoli
KARACHI: A judicial magistrate (south) on Monday remanded a former medico-legal officer of the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre in judicial custody in a case pertaining to the rape of a trainee nurse till July 29.
The MLO has been charged with sexually assaulting and making an attempt on the life of the student of the nursing school at the JPMC on July 13.
The magistrate directed the investigation officer to submit a charge-sheet on the next hearing.
According to the prosecution, the 22-year-old victim had jumped from the window of an apartment, which was in the possession of the suspect, to save her life when she was allegedly attacked by him. She was found lying in an unconscious condition on the lawn of a mess in the JPMC residential area on July 13 and a few minutes later, the MLO with bruises on his body was spotted there.
A case (FIR No 332/2010) was registered under Section 324 (attempted murder) of the Pakistan Penal Code against the MLO at the Saddar police station. Later, Section 376 (punishment for rape) of the PPC was incorporated in the FIR on the basis of an initial medical report.
‘Medical board being formed’
Meanwhile, Federal Minister for Minorities Affairs Shahbaz Bhatti has said that a medical board is being formed to investigate the alleged rape of a trainee nurse on the premises of the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre, adds APP.
He visited the victim at the hospital on Monday and informed her that apart from the police investigation, a medical board comprising federal and provincial government representatives would hold an inquiry.
The minister said all aspects of the incident would be looked into and hoped that the culprits would be given exemplary punishment. He assured the trainee nurse that the investigation would be conducted without submitting to any pressure or influence and that no dereliction of duty would be tolerated in this regard.
He said the federal government would meet all expenses for medical treatment of the victim and that security as well as legal and financial assistance would be made available.
He said that all resources would be utilised to provide justice to the victim and stern action would be taken against those found responsible.
The minister also presented a cheque for Rs300,000 to the trainee nurse on behalf of President Asif Ali Zardari.
Mr Bhatti lauded the JPMC administration for providing prompt medical assistance to her. Later, he visited the place of the incident.