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Two women crushed to death at Pakistan charity handout

Stampede occurred after hundreds rushed into hall

03 Gulf News

Karachi: At least two women were crushed to death and several others injured at a charity handout on Monday.

The incident took place at a function hall in Gulshan Iqbal town, when an organisation was distributing food and goods for Ramadan.

Hundreds of women, children and men rushed to the hall but instead of queuing up began pushing each other. Two women were killed, with others being rushed to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital for treatment. Police said the two women died of suffocation and multiple injuries.

Senior police officer Imran Shaukat said that several men were rounded up for causing the stampede. However, he said that police were not informed by the organisation that they would be distributing the rations or that such a huge number of people would turn up.

Such incidents occur frequently in Pakistan. In 2009, 20 women and children were crushed in a stairway and alley when charity workers were handing out free flour during Ramadan.

A recent study of Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) said that every third Pakistani in a population of 180 million lives below poverty line.



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Such happens all the time in pakistan.Last time i went on a businesstrip also to attend a dealing party marriage ceremony .When myself andmy father were distributing food in poor areas same thing happened andmy father's wrist got fractured,we even feared thet they mightkill my father in pushing a pulling.And even in marriage ceremony whendinner time was announced everybody rushed and there was a mess. tough time.


9 July 2013 17:35jump to comments