Minor domestic worker allegedly tortured by army officer at Rawalpindi residencePakistan
A young girl hired as a domestic worker in Rawalpindi was allegedly tortured by her employers for over a year, it emerged on Saturday.
The case, a grim reminder of the infamous Tayyaba torture case of 2016, came to light through a series of videos shared on Twitter in which the child can be seen narrating her ordeal.
The child named Kinza, an 11-year-old per her own estimate, says that she is employed as a domestic worker at the residence of Ammara Riaz, a major in the Pakistan Army, and her husband Mohsin Riaz, who is a doctor by profession. The house is located in Wilayat Colony, Scheme III, Chaklala.
The girl, who managed to escape the house, accuses her employers of starving her and torturing her with wires, belts and ropes for over a year. She further says she is kicked and stomped on while she sleeps.
When asked by the videographer to describe how she has been mistreated, she explains that she is not fed properly by the family she lives with, and when she steals food out of hunger, she is administered inhumane beatings.
In the video, Kinza shows injuries that she has sustained, including her bloodshot, black eyes as well as multiple wound marks on her arms, neck and head.
According to Rawalpindi City Police Officer (CPO) Abbas Ahsan, the incident came to the Airport police station's knowledge on Friday.
He said that when Kinza's condition worsened, her father was contacted by the employers, who came over from the girl's hometown, Samundri in Faisalabad.
CPO Ahsan told DawnNewsTV that an Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI) was sent to the location to investigate the matter but the girl's father refused to press charges and took her back with him to Samundri. The ASI returned and did not file a report, due to which he was suspended.
The police official also said that a team of officers had been dispatched to Samundri to bring back Kinza and her father upon which a full investigation will be launched. He said that a medical exam will be conducted to ascertain the extent of the girl's injuries and a probe conducted against the employers.
The army has also been contacted and informed about the allegations against Major Riaz, revealed CPO Ahsan, explaining that the police cannot take any direct action against a serving army officer.
Rawalpindi Deputy Commissioner Dr Umar Jahangir was contacted for a response, but could not be reached.
Meanwhile, Minister for Human Rights Dr Shireen Mazari took notice of the incident and said the ministry is "keeping a close eye [on the case] to ensure justice for the little girl".