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Child maid ‘torture’ case: Pims medical board conducts tests, collects DNA samples

A medical examination of the allegedly tortured juvenile housemaid by a board of the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (Pims) on Monday revealed burn marks and wounds on the 10 year old’s body.

A medical board comprising a general surgeon, a plastic surgeon, a burn surgeon and a psychiatrist, was constituted by Pims after the Office of District Magistrate Islamabad issued a letter to the hospital administration, asking it “to re examine” the wounds on the girl’s body.

Pims Vice Chancellor Dr Javed Akram confirmed the board had examined all the wounds on the child’s body and concluded the girl had been tortured. He said that only an iron or a big rod could have made the burn mark present on the girl’s body.

Additional tests have yet to be conducted, he said, and samples have been obtained for DNA tests, Dr Akram said. Her father, mother and brother’s DNA samples have also been collected.

The 10 year old is afraid and keeps changing her statements, he added.

The head of the Pims medical board said the contents of the report would be presented in the Supreme Court, where the Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar had taken suo motu notice of the alleged torture of the child by Additional District and Sessions Judge Raja Khurram Ali Khan and his wife, whose house she had lived at for nearly two years.

The apex court had ordered a DNA test of members of the child’s family to confirm the identity of her parents after two women previously unheard of surfaced before the chief justice, each claiming the girl in question is their child.

The girl, who earlier went ‘missing’, was recovered from a house in the suburbs of Islamabad on Sunday night.

Courtesy : Dawn News

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