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Woman allegedly raped at Lahore Services Hospital, health minister forms committee

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LAHORE: Punjab Health Minister Dr Yasmin Rashid on Monday formed a three-member inquiry committee to probe the alleged rape of a woman at Services Hospital in the provincial capital.

The provincial health minister has directed the committee headed by Services Hospital Principal Dr Mehmood Ayaz to submit a report on the matter. The committee comprises Dr Rubeena Sohail and Professor of Forensic Medicine Dr Arif Rasheed.

Meanwhile, Shadman Police has registered a FIR regarding the incident against unknown persons. According to the FIR, the 35-year-old woman was admitted at Services Hospital where she underwent surgery for haemorrhoids and was discharged later in the evening.

“As her pain increased at night, the woman was taken to Sheikh Zayed Hospital where it was found that she had been allegedly raped,” the FIR added.

The inquiry committee head, however, said that no evidence of rape was found during the initial investigation. Terming the incident a “misunderstanding”, Dr Ayaz said the inquiry will be completed today.

Further, a press release issued by Services Hospital medical superintendent said that a medical board comprising four lady doctors had been formed for the woman’s medical examination and found no evidence of rape. “On the woman’s request, however, samples have been taken and sent to police for forensic testing,” the press release said.

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