Man dies from alleged torture at rehabilitation centre


RAWALPINDI: A 24-year-old person, who was admitted by his parents to a drug rehabilitation clinic in Panj Sarki area here a week ago, died of the alleged torture by the facility’s medical staff, a private TV channel reported.

The victim’s father said that he had admitted his son, who had been using drugs for a year, at the centre on Sept 9. On Sept 13, the centre had shown to him camera footage of his son in which he had looked healthy, he said.

On Sept 15, the facility’s staff informed the parents that their son had suddenly died. When the parents arrived at the centre, they found torture marks on the dead body while also noticing that their son’s head had been shaved.

According to the father, the medical staff said that the deceased had tried to escape prior to his death, due to which he had to be restrained with ropes. The victim’s father accused the doctors of giving his son electric shocks and beating him with belts.

Furthermore, the father said that the Civil Lines police station’s officials were refusing to register a first information report (FIR) against the clinic. Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Usman Tariq said that the dead body has been sent to the District Headquarters Hospital for a post-mortem examination, and that police were awaiting the doctors’ report.

He said that if the post-mortem examination report identifies torture as the cause of death, the police would register a case against the doctors of the rehabilitation centre.