On July 13, 2010, 23-year-old Magdalene Ashraf, a nurse trainee at the Jinnah Post Graduate Medical Center in Karachi, Pakistan, was lured to the home of a hospital doctor and brutally gang raped by three doctors before being tossed from the balcony apartment onto the street. Police made little effort to register a report, begin an investigation or apprehend two of the doctors who fled the scene. The chief culprit, Dr. Abdul Jabbar Memon, was arrested but will only be held until July 31, 2010 against the dictates of Pakistani law which lists rape as a non-bailable offense. With the double marginalization of being a women and a Catholic minority, Ashraf faces an arduous uphill battle in her fight for justice as the police have given her no protection and her lawyer has withdrawn from the case. Show your support for Magdalene Ashraf by signing our online petition and writing an email to the following people:
Mr. Asif Ali Zardari
Mr.Syed Mumtaz Alam Gillani
Federal Minister for Human Rights
Ministry of Human Rights
Old US Aid building
Ata Turk Avenue
Embassy of Pakistan
3517 International Court
Washington DC 20008
Sample email: I urge you to take immediate action in the case of Magdalene Ashraf, the nurse trainee at the JPMC Karachi. The accused rapist Dr. Memon must remain in custody as per the law and his co accused must be arrested and prosecuted. Magdalene Ashraf must be provided with immediate security and the investigation completed. Name, Country.
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