No arrests have been made so far, in connection to Christian youth’s lynching by doctors and staff of Services Hospital in Lahore. Sunil Saleem, a Pakistani Christian met with a tragic end on March 26, when he went to the hospital in order to deliver food to his sister who was under treatment in the gynae ward.
The incident generated nationwide uproar against the medical personnel involved in the incident. Consequently, an FIR invoking Section 302 was registered at the Shadman Police Station, Lahore. Police filed an FIR (First Information Report) against 14 doctors, 20 security guards and 10 male nurses. So far, none of those nominated in the FIR have been arrested by the police.
Anil Saleem, brother of the victim claims that police is showing slackness in this case. After six months, no action has been taken against the perpetrators. “Moreover, the police exonerated the main accused, Dr. Saira, in the initial investigation, even though she was the one who had instigated her colleagues and the security guards to attack us in the hospital ward,” Anil Saleem told Morning Star News.
Anil Saleem who is the complainant in this case said that police is reluctant to take action against the accused doctors because the Young Doctors Association (YDA) had threatened to initiated a protest across Punjab.
“We think that the police were told by the provincial government not to arrest the doctors to avoid confrontation with the YDA,” he said. All of the accused procured a pre-arrest bail and were never interrogated by the police. Anil Saleem said that the suspects even tried to offer money to the family of Sunil.
“They have made several attempts to settle the case through money, offering up to 2 million rupees, but I have refused to take the money. No money can heal the wound we have suffered. I have told the accused that I will not withdraw the case until all of them, including Dr. Saira, are put behind bars.”
An autopsy was conducted on Sunil Saleem’s dead body. Autopsy report confirmed that Sunil was lynched. A police official confirmed that the autopsy report said that “ribs fractures lead to haemopneumothorax, causing his death.” The report stated that 2 liters frozen blood was found in Sunil’s chest, which shows how brutally he was tortured.