Karachi: Woman assaulted in KU premises
KARACHI: The Dawn News reported on Wednesday that a young woman was assaulted on Karachi University campus on Monday afternoon, it has been learnt. While campus officials confirmed the incident, no FIR has been lodged because the victim was not willing to pursue the case. The incident has raised alarm and teachers have called for stricter security measures on the campus, where a number of robberies have been committed in recent months. Sources in the university said that the woman, in her late 30s, was found crying for help near the Maskan Gate. Her clothes were torn and she had bruises on her face. She was taken to the girls’ hostel in an ambulance where she stayed for some period and questioned about the incident by university staff. The sources said the woman gave conflicting statements and refused to pursue the case. It was on her request that a medical examination was not conducted, however, a medical report was submitted to the KU administration to complete the formalities, they said. Speaking to Dawn News, KU campus security adviser Prof Dr Khalid Iraqi confirmed that such an incident had taken place. “I have a medical report which shows that the woman has not been sexually abused,” he stated, adding that the culprits could not be caught because the victim was not cooperating with the university. The university was not hiding the case and very much willing to improve security checks, he argued. “But, we have no clue where the crime was actually committed as she kept changing her statements and was not willing to cooperate. She told us that she was jobless and had come to the university seeking financial help, though she didn’t know anyone on the campus. She couldn’t give a satisfactory reply when asked why she didn’t contact teachers in the nearby arts faculty for help and preferred to walk up to a department located at a distance,” he said. The security adviser said it’s a big university and one or two crime incidents were sometimes reported.