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F.I.R IN BRENTON CAREY GIRLS HOSTEL CASE REGISTERED

Karachi, June 27: A case against unknown people was registered at Frere Police Station Karachi here on Monday for maltreating and harassing a lady administrator
of Brenton Carey Hostel after an inquiry report found that she was manhandled.



The inquiry report had recommended registration of criminal case against those responsible. In pursuance to the recommendations, the Frere Police registered an FIR against unknown people for maltreating the administrator as the inquiry report had not fixed the responsibility on any particular person.



Clifton Town Police Officer Imran Shaukat said: “After it was established in the inquiry that injustice was done to the administrator of Brenton Carey Hostel, a case was registered on Monday against unknown people on behalf of the State”.



The inquiry was initiated on the orders of the Police high-ups into the incident. SSP Sanaullah Abbasi was appointed as an inquiry officer on April 28, and the office of the Capital City Police Officer.



Ghazala Shafiq, 39, administrator of Brenton Carey Hostel – an institution of the Diocese of Karachi – Church of Pakistan, had disputed Sadiq Daniel being Bishop of Karachi and said that he did not have powers to dismiss her from her post. When she resisted, she was alleged evicted from the hostel by force. She accused that a police team raided her hostel along with some men in civvies, who belonged to Sadiq Daniel, broke the door of her room, ransacked it, alleged stripped her clothes, and subjected her to torture on April 11.



She said that Bishop Ijaz Inayat was the Bishop of Karachi. Besides, the hostel was run by a governing body with a chairperson and she could be removed by the orders of the chairperson and not by Sadiq Daniel. She denied of getting any letter of suspension or dismissal from her post.



The inquiry officer in his report submitted that people barged into the girls’ hostel, dragged Ghazala Shafiq outside, manhandled her, and outraged her modesty. In his findings, SSP Sanaullah Abbasi stated that both the parties did not act in a legal/desirable way to resolve their disputes. The matter should have been either resolved or arbitrated by the Court or by themselves according to the Constitution of the Diocese of Karachi. Police should have played their proactive role in resolution of matter before hand after completing homework.



The report stated that the police remained silent spectators and did not prevent that untoward incident, which could have been prevented before its happening. Police rather let it happened, the report observed.



It recommended that a criminal case under the relevant sections of the law may be registered for outrage of modesty. Local Police may be warned for not being proactive. Role of women Police would be determined later on, as the case has been registered and the investigation is underway. The report raised query as to why women police official were called and no male police official was sent along with them while male members of Christian community were also present at the spot.



The 10 page inquiry report was prepared after recording statement of Ghazala Shafiq, Bishop Ijaz Inayat, Nargis Shamsher (cook), Reverend Emis Daniel, Reverend Naseem Kaleem, Reverend Shafiq Kanwal (Husband of Ghazala Shafiq), Mrs. Ruth M. Banvington, Mrs. B. K. Dass (Chairperson of the Brenton Carey Hostel), Mrs. Claventina Burge, Raza Hussain Shah (DSP Clifton), Syeda Ghazala (SHO Women Police Station), students of Class X living in the hostel, Ruksana Naseem, Roma George, Surraya Anthony, Saba Younas, Shamila Afroze, Zarahshan Haroon, Daisy John, and students of Class IX Huma Younas and Saima.