Another instance of harassment has been reported at a government medical institution in Punjab, according to media reports on Wednesday.
A female employee at the Government Teaching Hospital in Lahore has accused the hospital’s top medical officer of sexual harassment.
According to the charge filed at Shahdara police station on the victim’s allegation, Dr. Shahbaz invited her into his room and sought to harass her.
“I was tormented, and my clothes were ripped by the doctor after resisting a rape attempt,” the lady said in her statement.
She went on to say that the doctor remained suspended on corruption accusations.
Earlier in July, Punjab Inspector General of Police (IGP) Inam Ghani had asked victims of abuse and harassment to contact his office for help.
In a series of tweets, Inam Ghani said that such victims were silenced by culprits through their influence of power and position. However, he said, his office would provide unbiased space to its best capabilities.
He also said that he would personally give priority to the cases of abuse and harassment.
“While victims of abuse and harassment are bravely trying to take action against the perpetrators, they are pressurized, threatened and silenced by the very same perpetrators through their position, relations, financial position or network of connections.”
“In all such instances, the public should know and remember that my office is always open for all victims and vulnerable persons as a safe, unbiased space and we will support every victim who approaches us, to our best capabilities,” he said adding that no injustice would be tolerated and protection and support would be given to all those who needed it.
The Punjab IG asked the citizens to call 1787 in any such situation, “in which case it will be given priority by me personally.”