BISP women baton charged

RATODERO: Four women fell unconscious and leg of one other broke due to baton charge by police at Benazir Income Support Program (BISP) counter in Larkana on Monday morning.

According to details, hundreds of poor and destitute aged women came to BISP counter established by a private bank and located near Chandka Bridge in Larkana. Due to heavy rush women started pushing each other to get financial support of Rs 1000 per month started by the previous government with the help of international financial institutions under the name of BISP.

As a result, many of them fell down and soon it became free for all. The police deployed there tried its best to control the situation but failed and started baton charging them.

Four women, Hajani Jatoi, Rubina Khoso, Karima Shar and an unknown woman fell unconscious and were shifted to the casualty of Chandka Medical College Hospital, Larkana, where doctors described the condition of the unknown woman as serious. A leg of Hajani Jatoi broke up. The women told media that there was no shade for them and even there was no facility of drinking water in this extremely hot weather due to which everyone tried to get the money and leave the premises without loosing a moment.

They further complained that there was only one counter for women of Larkana taluka for BISP beneficiaries which cannot cope up with the situation at a time. They demanded that more such counters should be opened everywhere in Larkana and elsewhere so that they could benefit from the financial support.

The eligible women further said that due to Eid which is approaching fast they had come to get the support as they had not yet been able to buy clothes for their children due to poverty, unemployment and price hike.

About a week ago the commissioner, Larkana Division, Ghulam Mustafa Phul, visited the counter along with other concerned officers and had ordered closure of the counter till better arrangements were made for the aged ladies which arrived from far flung and remote areas of the district.

The Bank authorities had demanded deployment of police but they did nothing to make other arrangements like ensuring availability of cold water, shade and opening of more counters in the district and they opened the counter without consent of the higher authorities due to which such incidents are happening.

Meanwhile, the shopkeepers of the area held a protest demonstration chanting slogans against the administration and demanded immediate shifting of the counter as according to them their business suffer very badly due to such incidents which had become common.

They further said that more counters should be opened or this counter should be shifted to other safer place.