The woman realised she had been raped following the procedure at the Services Hospital in Lahore, Pakistan.

Punjab Health Minister Dr Yasmin Rashid on Monday formed a three-member inquiry committee to probe the alleged rape of a woman at Services Hospital in the provincial capital.

The provincial health minister has directed the committee headed by Services Hospital Principal Dr Mehmood Ayaz to submit a report on the matter. The committee comprises Dr Rubeena Sohail and Professor of Forensic Medicine Dr Arif Rasheed.

Meanwhile, Shadman Police has registered a FIR regarding the incident against unknown persons. According to the FIR, the 35-year-old woman was admitted at Services Hospital where she underwent surgery for hemorrhoids and was discharged later in the evening.

However, she realised she had been assaulted when she woke up from the surgery and reported the incident to the police.

In a witness statement given to Lahore Police, the woman said she was raped during the eight hour operation.

“I was admitted to the hospital for a surgery on November 24,” the report read.

“When I regained consciousness from the anesthesia that night, I realised I had been assaulted during the surgery.

“It was an 8-hour-long operation but they discharged me from the hospital the same day,” the woman told the police.

The woman said her sister took her to another hospital after she started experiencing pain and bleeding from her urinary tract.

Doctors at the Sheikh Zayed Hospital confirmed she had been raped.

“As her pain increased at night, the woman was taken to Sheikh Zayed Hospital where it was found that she had been allegedly raped,” the police report added.

Dr Ayaz, the inquiry committee head, however, said that no evidence of rape was found during the initial investigation. Terming the incident a “misunderstanding”,

Further, a press release issued by Services Hospital medical superintendent said that a medical board comprising four lady doctors had been formed for the woman’s medical examination and found no evidence of rape. “On the woman’s request, however, samples have been taken and sent to police for forensic testing,” the press release said.