CM orders arrest of minor girlís rapists
* Childís condition our of danger after successful surgery; police round up 15 to 20 suspects
LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif on Friday took notice of the rape of a five-year-old girl in Lahore by unidentified individuals.
The victim, identified as Sumbal, is a resident of Mughalpura. According to the victimís relatives she and her two-year-old brother, Ahmed, were playing outside their house on Thursday evening but did not return home. They said that the victimís family members submitted an application regarding the two missing minors in Mughalpura Police Station but police did not do much.
The family said Sumbal was the youngest of her 11 brothers and sisters and her father was a government employee. The victimís brother, Ahmad, was recovered from the Child Protection Bureau Office, they added.
On Thursday night the child was thrown, in critical condition, in front of the main gate of the children emergency ward of the Sir Ganga Ram Hospital.
It was reported that a security guard of the hospital saw the girl lying outside the main gate and shifted her to the emergency ward where hospital staff provided her with first aid. Sources said that the paediatric surgery facility was not available in the Ganga Ram Hospital and the hospital administration immediately shifted her to the Services Hospital.
The doctors of the Services Hospital said the condition of the five-year-old, Sumbal, was out of danger after successful surgery. They said Sumbal was in the ICU ward. They further said she was under observation and might be shifted to the general ward after two days.
The chief minister has sought a detailed inquiry report and directed the police high-ups to ensure the early arrest of the culprits.
CCPO Chaudhry Shafiq also visited the Services Hospital to inquire about the condition of the minor. He constituted two teams headed by SP (CIA) and Civil Lines SP (investigation), which would investigate the case and submit their report.
Mughalpura police have registered a case against the unidentified rapists on the complaint of the victimís father, however, no arrests have been made so far.
Sources said the Mughalpura police have arrested 15 to 20 suspects and is investigating them. Police were also interviewing the victimís relatives, neighbours and locals of the area in order to identify the culprits.
The Punjab IG held an emergency meeting with police officers on the issue and directed them to ensure the early arrest of the culprits. The IG warned the police that no negligence would be tolerated.