Karachi: Suspected baby thieves remanded till 27th
Karachi: Three women facing charges of kidnapping a newborn baby from the National Institute of Child Health (NICH) were sent to jail on Monday till November 27, while a man was remanded to police custody till November 16.
Sobia Saleem, a nurse at the NICH, Farzana Akbar, Gul Noor Bibi and Akbar Awan were produced in the court of Judicial Magistrate (South) Mumtaz Ali Solangi on Monday. They were booked for allegedly kidnapping the baby from the hospital.
According to the prosecution, Isharat Naz gave birth to the baby boy on November 4 in the gynaecology ward of the Jinnah Post Graduate Medical Centre. Soon after his birth, the baby developed some complications and was admitted to the ICU of the NICH’s Nursery Ward. An aunt of the child was taking care of him. However, the nurse put the child into a cradle when his aunt was sitting outside the ward. After a few minutes when his father went to see his child he did not find him in the cradle.
On the complaint of the baby’s father, the Saddar police registered an FIR (338/2011) under Section 363 (punishment for kidnapping) of the Pakistan Penal Code against unknown suspects, but kept the ward under strict surveillance. With the help of CCTV footage and mobile phones, the police arrested the trainee nurse, Sobia, under Section 54 (when police may arrest without warrant) of the Criminal Procedure Code).