Medical board confirms skin decomposition of tortured domestic worker
Case against judge’s wife for ‘torturing 14-year-old domestic help’
LAHORE – The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Thursday granted protective bail to civil judge’s wife Somia Asim in domestic help abuse case.
Justice Farooq Haider heard the plea and granted her bail until Aug 1.
Earlier, police registered a case against Somia a day after reports emerged that she tortured a 14-year-old maid at her house in Sargodha.
The Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) police said the Humak police registered the case on the report of the girl’s father under sections 506 and 342 of the PPC.
On Monday, reports emerged that the wife of a civil judge posted at the Federal Judicial Academy, Islamabad tortured domestic worker, 14-year-old Rizwana who hails from 88 North, Sargodha. She was given a job as domestic help through an acquaintance, Mukhtar, at the house of the civil judge.
According to the parents of the girl, their daughter was employed six months ago. They said their daughter was subjected to severe torture by the wife of the judge.
They alleged that Rizwana’s body had marks of severe torture which was inflicted on her by the judge’s wife.
The civil judge posted at the Judicial Academy, however, said there was no violence against the girl.
“I am against violence,” he said, adding his wife’s gold was missing and she only handed over the girl to her mother as a punishment. He said there was no question of torure.
“The mother herself has beaten the girl,” he alleged.
The victim girl’s parents, on the other hand, allege that the judge’s wife beat her with a bat after accusing her of stealing their jewellery.
The 12-member medical board of the Lahore General Hospital has confirmed the decomposition of the skin of the teen victim of domestic violence in Islamabad.
Meanwhile, the woman suspected of torturing the girl is still at large. A plastic surgeon has also been included in the medical board.
According to the 12-member board, the girl’s skin has been badly damaged due to torture and injuries, however, her brain surgery is not required.
A briefing was given in a meeting of the medical board that the torture on the girl caused inflammation in Rizwana’s brain, which will be managed with medicines.
The infection on the wounds will also be controlled through medication, the board says.
The medical board also decided to keep the girl in the ICU, as keeping her there is improving her condition.
On the other hand, the woman who allegedly tortured the domestic worker is still absconding.
Despite raids, the Islamabad police could not arrest the wife of the civil judge of Islamabad, while the police are still conducting raids to arrest her in Gujranwala, Lahore and Rawalpindi.
Meanwhile, Sargodha DPO Faisal Kamran said the girl had suffered severe injuries on her head and face due to violence and there was also swelling on her right arm.
The girl’s mother brought her back to Sargodha and she was administered medical aid at the DHQ hospital.
Kamran said the girl had been sent to Lahore for further medical assistance.