KARACHI: The chief justice of the Sindh High Court (SHC) has taken suo motu notice of allegations of sexual harassment and torture against medical student Parveen Rind at the Peoples University of Medical and Health Sciences for Women (PUMHS) in Nawabshah.
The court has summoned Shaheed Benazirabad, Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG), Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), deputy commissioner, and university registrar before the next hearing on February 15 and has requested reports on the topic. It also ordered the appropriate District and Sessions Court judges to write a separate report on the occurrence.
Police failed to apprehend the suspected PUMHS director, Ghulam Mustafa Rajput, and other suspects for reportedly harassing and torturing Parveen Rind. According to Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Shaheed Benazirabad, no arrests have been made, but searches are being undertaken to catch the perpetrators. However, two female wardens have been suspended. He stated that Perveen Rind had not appeared before the administrative joint inquiry committee.
According to the victim student’s paternal uncle, Parveen Rind has already rejected the administrative joint inquiry committee and will now proceed to court. He sought the arrest of the university’s director and other culprits.
Meanwhile, Parveen Rind has expressed her scepticism in the health department’s inquiry team and has refused to appear before it. Rind, speaking through a private channel, continued her charges, claiming that the university’s vice-chancellor and wardens harassed and battered her and threatened to hang her if she raised her voice against them.
On Thursday, civil society people protested outside the Nawabshah Press Club against three PUMHS officers in Nawabshah for reportedly abusing and attempting to murder her.
The Sindh government formed a three-member inquiry committee to look into the charges of harassment and torture. The investigative panel had instructed the vice-chancellor to provide a report within three days. The Sindh government inquiry team will also take testimony from Parveen Rind and other suspects before submitting a report to the provincial health minister.
Rind had previously accused three PUMHS officials of attempting to murder her after she refused to fulfil their unethical demands, stating that other students had been slain for denying their approaches.
Parveen Rind, a native of Dadu district who works as a housekeeper at the medical university’s nursing division, said that the three officials thrashed her in her hostel room. She also displayed torture marks on her arms and said she was compelled to comply with immoral requests. She said that the authorities tried to murder her, like they had done to other females before her, and that they seized her phone in order to blackmail her.
She accused Vice-Chancellor Dr. Gulshan Memon of being involved in the crime since he ignored her complaints. Rind went on to say that she does not trust the Vice-inquiry Chancellor’s committee or the SSP. She further stated that she visited to police stations, but they did not file a FIR against three officers. She requested that the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court and the Supreme Court of Appeal take note of her pleas and offer assurance.