Gang rape of female doctor: ‘Accused will have to walk on fire to prove innocence’
MULTAN: Baloch tribesmen on Tuesday rejected the statement by an army officer that he was not involved in the gang-rape a female doctor in Sui and also rejected the government’s offer of conducting a DNA test on him. The tribes said he would have to walk on burning coal to prove his innocence as per tribal traditions.
“Capt Hammad repeatedly gave statements in the media while the Inter-Services Public Relations chief said he was innocent without inquiring into the gang-rape. Now, the government has also offered to conduct a DNA test on the officer, but we will acquit him only when he walks on burning coal without getting burnt as per tribal traditions,” said Muhammad Bakhsh Mondrani, chief of the Mondrani tribe, at a press conference after a Kallar and Mondrani jirga met to review the situation. He said the administration had created the situation by refusing to register the gang-rape case and keeping the female doctor “unconscious by keeping her under anaesthesia”. He alleged that the doctor’s family was being pressured and harassed by the government to change their statement. staff report