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Two women crushed to death at Pakistan charity handout

Stampede occurred after hundreds rushed into hall

  • By Mohammad Ashraf, Correspondent
  • Published: 19:55 July 8, 2013
  • 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.

Comments (3)

  1. Added 16:26 July 9, 2013

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

    Khan, dubai, United Arab Emirates

  2. Added 12:03 July 9, 2013

    I don't understand why GN always points out that many Pakistanis live below the poverty line or weird incidents happens in Pakistan. We have more such incidents and poor people in neighboring India which are left unreported. I seriously don't understand why?

    Saad Khan, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  3. Added 11:37 July 9, 2013

    Sad but not frequent! Another such incident happened in 2009 and now but you can't see any other in last decade. Please be careful for posting such "views" without a proper research.

    Alija, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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