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Two Rescue 1122 workers accused of raping mentally challenged teen suspended

LAHORE: Two Rescue 1122 workers on Monday were suspended for their alleged involvement in rape of a mentally challenged teenage girl inside an ambulance in the neighbourhood of Nankana Sahib district in Punjab.

According to the ambulance’s tracker record, the accused – Ahsan Ali and Sameen Haider, – spent a total of nine minutes inside the vehicle after picking up the victim before dropping her off.

According to the rescue service spokesperson Farooq Ahmad, the organisation has been assisting law enforcement agencies in probing the matter.

The rescue service has a zero tolerance for such behaviour, he said, adding that the protection and health of the victim is a part of the oath that workers take.

The spokesperson went on to say that an independent inquiry is also being launched and if found culpable, the accused will be removed from service.

On Sunday, the incident had surfaced when the 15-year-old was allegedly raped by the duo inside the ambulance.

According to the FIR registered by the police, she had gone missing from her home at midnight on October 27.

The girl’s parents searched for her and after going pillar to post, at 1:30am, they found a Rescue 1122 ambulance abnormally parked at a bypass for over 2o minutes.

When they sneaked inside the vehicle they found that two men were sexually assaulting their daughter.

The family then began calling out for help leading an ensuing chase, after which the girl was thrown out of the vehicle.

The Express Tribune

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