Afridi visits hospital to inquire about sexually assaulted constable

  • Interior minister says the case is a test for his ministry

ISLAMABAD: State Minister for Interior Affairs Shehryar Khan Afridi on Monday visited the Federal Government Services Hospital (Poly Clinic) to inquire about the health of under treatment constable who was disgraced the other day.

The minister met with father and other family members of the constable and assured that all resources are being utilised to nab the culprits soon. The officers from police and district administration were also present. On the occasion, Afridi said that such a tragedy with a nation’s daughter was unbearable.

He directed the police and the district administration to utilise all resources so as to put the offenders behind bars. “Protection of lives and property of citizens is responsibility of the state and we shall deliver and ensure justice to people,” he said.

The minister directed the senior officials to set such standards in the federal capital which could also be enforced in other parts of the country. On direction of the minister, the constable is being shifted to the Shifa International Hospital.

Taking to a private TV channel, Afridi said that the recent case of sexual assault of a female police constable in Islamabad was a test for his ministry and the capital police. “This is a test case for my ministry as well as the Islamabad police,” he said. “We are taking every possible measure to ensure the arrest of the culprit,” he said.

The incident concerning the constable had taken place on Saturday night when she was returning home via the highway. Senior Superintendent Police Amin Bukhari had confirmed the assault, saying the attacker fled the scene of the crime. According to an initial medical examination at the Polyclinic Hospital, the woman was sexually assaulted by one person, the police said.

An FIR under Section 443(18) against an unidentified suspect was registered by the victim herself on the night of the incident. Afridi said that during patrolling hours, effective measures, particularly for women, need to be taken so that incidents such as the assault of the female constable could be prevented.