Doctors, we hear the title doctor and instantly think of a person that’s there to help. They are the saviors. The messiahs. Doctors take an oath of ethics – they swear to do no harm.
But this isn’t what young Sana experienced.
Sana was a 14-year-old girl working as a maid in a house in Lahore. Her employers were Doctor Humaira of Mansoora Hospital and her husband Junaid.
Sana belonged to Hujra Shah Muqeem. Her parents sent her to work in Lahore since child labor is still considered acceptable in most parts of Pakistan. In fact, people specifically look for children to work at their houses because they are easy to control and unlike an adult, they can be easily manipulated.
ana moved to the city for her first job – little did she know that it would be her last.
The officer in charge of the investigation, Ejaz Rasul told the media that Sana died a painful death. She was regularly abused and had visible marks on her body, proving that she was tortured before her death.
Dr. Humaira and Junaid would beat her up on trivial mistakes – mistakes that children are bound to make because children shouldn’t have to take care of anyone’s home.
The vile employers had beaten up the child with a bailan (roller that is used to make Rotis) that left life-threatening bruises on her body. After doing so, they didn’t take her to the hospital.
A doctor beat up a child – she could see the extent of Sana’a injuries, yet she was denied medical attention.
When asked about her bruises, the employers said that “she fell down from the stairs” yet they couldn’t justify why she wasn’t taken to the hospital. Tuesday morning, Humaira and Junaid left for work, leaving the child covered with bruises and injuries. When they came back, she had succumbed to her wounds.
She was only 14-years-old!
Chuhang circle DSP Raja Fakhar, visited the house and ordered that both Humaira and Junaid be arrested immediately. The two were taken in and will be presented before the court.
Hiring young children and using them like replaceable rags is still very common in our country. The fact that a doctor would do something like this makes it even scarier to think about the type of people we still live around.
~ This is a developing story and will be updated as more information is made public.