Lahore, March 02, 2010: The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has expressed concern over the failure of the police and a public hospital inMultan to recover a 22-day-old child abducted from the hospital on February 21.
HRCP said in a statement that the police had failed to show the urgency required in a case of this nature.
According to the statement, “Abduction of infants from hospitals has unfortunately become a frequent occurrence of late, making efficient and expeditious investigation all the more desirable. That does not seem to be the case in the abduction of a 22-day-old child from Nishtar Hospital, Multan. The staff for the ward from where the child went missing has not been questioned about the circumstances of the abduction. The Commission cannot emphasise enough the government’s responsibility to protect the rights of all people, including the very young.
It is also a matter of concern that the family claims that instead of finding fault with the hospital staff, a team constituted by the hospital to investigate the matter had compelled the family to accuse their relatives who are issueless.
The police and the hospital administration must do their utmost to recover the child at the earliest and address concerns of the family regarding the quality of the investigation.”
by: I. A. Rehman