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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

MIRPURKHAS Nov 10. Chokidar of Gyne ward of civil hospital Mirpurkhas has made unsuccessful the efforts of two persons to enter forcibly in the Gyne ward in drunk condition here on late Monday night while town police have identified one of the accused and trying to arrest him. Civil surgeon of civil hospital Mirpurkhas Dr Asghar Arain told that he was informed in night that two unknown persons in drunk condition trying to enter forcibly into the Gyne ward on which he reached at the spot where Chokidar Ishaque Masih had already been made their efforts unsuccessful to enter into the Gyne ward while he added that he also informed to town police after which SHO town Mir Mohammad Mangrio reached at the spot. But both unknown persons escaped away from the spot. He said that above chokidar was in past beated by above persons that non cognizable report was lodged with town police station about 15 days back. He deplored that police were not taking interest to nab the accused.When contacted SHO town Mir Mohammad Mangrio said that he has been identified one of them as Sardar Siaal and for his arresting he went to his house at Siaal colony but he was not present there. He said that he is making efforts to nab him with the help of his elder brothers. It may be recalled that on Oct 27, a new born infant baby of Alloo Bheel was kidnapped by a unknown woman from the Gyne ward of the civil hospital Mirpurkhas which FIR was lodged with town police station on the complaint of Alloo Bheel against the unknown woman. While strict security arrangements were made in all the wards of the civil hospital Mirpurkhas by civil hospital administration following the incident of kidnapping of the new born baby.

MIRPURKHAS Nov 10. President Sindh para medical staff welfare association Nazeer Ahmed Detho has expressed his concern over the suspension of women medical officers and staff of Gyne ward civil hospital Mirpurkhas and demanded the secretary health to reinstate them as they were innocent . He was talking to newsmen here on Tuesday at local press club. He said that inquiry ordered by civil surgeon of civil hospital Mirpurkhas has revealed that a cunny or claver woman had taken benefit of innocent woman patient and kidnapped the new born infant from the ward. He said that inquiry report said that doctors and staff were not responsible in this incident as except 22 baded ward, OPD, EPI center and MCH center were also being run in the building of Gyne ward as result there was remained a rush of women and other unconcerned people. He said that administration should shift the OPD in other place and above other centers sothat doctors and staff properly couldwatch the patients and their attenders in the ward . He said that unknown woman had taken the new born baby to unknown whereabout from her mother laying at the bad, while unknown woman was early sitting with the attender woman of the patient’ woman. He said that it might be a deep conspiracy to defame the administration of the civil hospital as senior woman medical officer Dr Qamarun Nisa was busy in C section (operation in the operation theater) at the time of this incident, while lady doctor Hameeda Leghari was busy at the counter. He further said that para medical staff were also busy in their duties when this incident took place. He termed innocent the doctors and staff of the Gyne ward and urged the higher authorities to take bold step into this matter by reinstating the suspended concerned doctors and staff and resolve this matter with the help of police.

MIRPURKHAS Nov 10. The Society for Protection of Rights of the Child (SPARC), an NGO, has launched a five-day campaign from Monday 9th November to 13th November to create awareness about the plight and problems of bonded laborers and proper implementation of bonded labour laws. This was stated by Kashif Bajeer National Manager Bonded labour Programme and Nazra Jhan SPARC, while addressing at a press conference at local press club here on Monday. He further said that this campaign was being simultaneously launched in different cities of Pakistan and would end with a Freed bonded labour festival to be scheduled on November 13th atHyderabad. He said that liberated bonded laborers and activists of civil society organizations,trade unions, Media persons, Lawyers, Human Rights Activists and other stakeholder would participate in the campaign. They demanded the government to provide land to liberated bonded laborers and skilled workers to enable them to earn livelihood. They called the rulers that existing laws Bonded labor Abolition Act 1992 and Rules 1995 on bonded labour be implemented in letter and spirit and a parliamentary committee be constituted to review the existing laws. He expressed that in the light of Supreme Court directives of October 20, 2006 to the provincial chief secretaries as a short term measure, the standing operating procedure be adopted by the provincial governments forintroducing a mechanism through the labour department for registration of brick kilns. He further said that access to bonded labour funds should be simplified and the institution of districtvigilance committees should be activated by linking it to provincial legal aid cells. He said that the recovery of the family of Mannu Bheel should be given priority by the government and superior judiciary. They called upon the government to implement international conventions and minimum wages in different sectors of economy, including informal sector. He claimed that tens of thousands of laborers in the country, particularly in southern Sindh andPunjab, lived in miserable conditions at agriculture farms and brick kilns. He added that so far 6,000 bonded laborers had been liberated through courts. He appealed to the print and electronic media to espouse the cause of bonded labour. He told that the SPARC was successfully running bonded labour projects in Mithi, Umerkot, Sanghar and Hyderabad district of Sindh and also in Muzaffargarhin collaboration with TROCAIRE an international organization. He said that the NGO had been instrumental in providing NICs to 10,000 bonded laborers and the registration of their votes and birth of their children. The NGO had established a legal cell to provide free legal aid to the families of bonded laborers, Mr.Bajeer further told that there are at least 1.7million people in bonded labor in agriculture sector in Pakistan. This is in addition to the large number of bonded laborers in brick kilns, carpet weaving, mining etc., despite the fact that Pakistan’s Constitution and related laws abolish the evil practice of bonded labor. “Freedom is the brother of justice” and added that we can only eliminate bonded labor if we accept that it exists. It may be mentioned here that the Minister for Bonded Labor Sindh said that there is no bonded labor in Pakistan. He added “no one has the right to snatch one’s freedom”. It is unjust that a few thousand rupees enslave them. Under Bonded Labor System AbolitionAct only ‘six’ punishments have been awarded. Its implementation through vigilance committees is still awaited and Bonded Labor Fund remains unutilized.

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