A Judicial Magistrate East court has ordered a new medical panel to be set up to find out how old Dua Zehra is.
During a hearing on the case on Saturday, Mehdi Kazmi, Dua’s father’s lawyer, advocated the establishment of a medical association.
The lawyer said police suggested Challan, who says Dua is 17, put the case in the C-class category.
Mehdi Kazmi’s lawyer said it was wrong to place the case in the C-class category without first forming a medical committee and finding out how old the accused was.
NADRA records support his claim that the girl was 11 years and 3 months old.
After hearing arguments from both sides, the court ordered the Sindh Minister of Health to set up a new medical committee to find out Dua Zehra’s true age.
It also called for further investigations into what was going on.
An age certificate from the Karachi Police Doctor states that Dua was between 16 and 17 at the time. At Karachi Civil Hospital, Dua Zehra ossification test was performed by Dr. Laraib Gul who is a Medical Doctor and Legal Officer (WMLO). X-rays were part of the examination in the radiology department of the hospital.
The head of radiology, Dr. Saba Jameel wrote on the certificate that Dua Zehra’s bones were not as dense as those of a 14-year-old.
The patient’s bones were between 16 and 17 years old, the certificate said.
Mehdi Kazmi’s lawyer, Jibran Nasir, said the court had ordered the establishment of a medical association, but prosecutors must take the girl to court or have her test taken elsewhere.
He said prosecutors said nothing about not wanting a second inquest or a medical board.
After Dua Zehra’s father dropped his case, the Supreme Court made a decision on the case earlier this week.
The court said it had no authority to hear the case, but Dua’s parents could get help making a medicinal bear from another group.