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Demanding justice: HMC official accused of sexual harassment

PESHAWAR: Hayatabad Medical Complex nurse Aleema Ghani has accused the hospital’s deputy medical superintendent of sexual harassment and registration of a fake FIR against her.

Talking to the media at Peshawar Press Club on Saturday, Ghani said DMS Razzaq called her to his office and attempted to harass her sexually. She resisted the attempt after which she and her sister were locked up in a room.

“When I brought the issue to the notice of health services director general and other high-ups, the DMS and other hospital staffers tortured me. Later an FIR of vandalism of office property was registered against me and I was put behind bars,” she said.

Aleema further said that the salaries of both the sisters have not been paid for the past eight months.

“The government should take notice of the issue and provide us with justice.”

Her counsel, Ambareen Gulzar said the legal advisor for HMC is appearing in the instant case, defending the DMS, which is illegal. “The counsel cannot represent Razzaq because it is his personal case and not of the hospital.”

Gulzar said that complaints were sent to the Chief Minister’s Complaint Cell, minister for health, DG and health secretary but to no avail. She requested CM Pervez Khattak to take action against the DMS.

HMC spokesperson could not be reached for a comment despite multiple attempts.

Express Tribune