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September 8, 2010

Take action on inquiry report: CJ


September 8, 2010

LAHORE High Court Chief Justice Khawaja Muhammad Sharif on Tuesday ordered the Punjab government to take action in the light of recommendations made by the sessions judge, Bahawalpur, in his inquiry report on police torture of female medical students.
In his report, the sessions judge said that criminals were living in the hostel of the Quaid-e-Azam Medical College, Bahawalpur.
He further said the college principal should be asked as to why people having criminal record were residing in the college hostel and why he had not taken action against them. The college administration should keep eye on students residing in hostels as well as on visitors and if some unauthorised persons were found residing in hostels, they should be expelled forthwith.
The report also said that increase in college dues was also not matched with the fee structure of the other colleges and recommended that the increase should be made keeping in view the fee of the others colleges. It also said that increase in loadshedding had also raised the studentsí problems.
The chief justice while disposing of the suo motu notice of the issue sent the report to the Punjab government for taking action on its recommendations.
Earlier, District Police Officer (DPO) had submitted his report during the suo motu proceedings initiated by the CJ.
As per details, police had raided Quaid-e-Azam Medical College (QAMC) Hostel, Bahawalpur, and arrested a number of students after the students and young doctors staged a protest demonstration outside the principalís office.
The Bahawalpur police, led by high ranking officers, mercilessly tortured even the female students with sticks and kicks and also removed their shawls and scarves.
According to media reports, male police officers pulled the female students from their hairs and used filthy language against them and the whole episode was also witnessed by patients.

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