Even a Virus Can’t Stop These Predators. 14-Year-Old Sexually Assaulted at Covid-19 Facility


Even a Virus Can’t Stop These Predators. 14-Year-Old Sexually Assaulted at Covid-19 Facility

Illustration: Robin Chakraborty

A minor girl, who tested positive for coronavirus earlier this month, and was admitted to a coronavirus care facility in south Delhi, was sexually assaulted by two 19-year–old patients a week ago, reports revealed on Friday.

One of the two men accused of assaulting the 14-year-old girl also apparently filmed the crime on his phone. Both the accused have been arrested.

The incident, which took place on July 15, and has drawn sharp condemnation across social media, came to light after the Indo-Tibetan Border Police, which looks after security at the Chhattarpur quarantine centre, approached the police, The Indian Express reported

Highlighting once again the fact that there is no safe place for women in the country, the minor later said that one of the men assaulted her when she went to the bathroom late one night, while the second recorded the repulsive act on his phone.

“We suspect the accused entered the bathroom to commit the crime. The men and women have separate bathrooms here,” a member of the facility’s staff was quoted as saying. “The girl is being counselled and is with her family member at another centre.”

The two men, meanwhile. have been sent to AIIMS, from where, once they’re tested negative for Covid-19, will be sent to jail.

The 10,000-bed Covid care centre at the Radha Soami Satsang Beas, where the crime took place, was set up to treat asymptomatic patients and those with mild symptoms, who are unable to quarantine themselves in their homes.

Unfortunately this isn’t an isolated case, either. Last week, reports said a minor girl was raped in a Covid-19 care centre in Patna by a security guard at the facility.

A day later, a 25-year-old man sexually assaulted a 40-year-old woman, less than a week after she was admitted to the same quarantine centre as him in Maharashtra’s Panvel.

Clearly now along with contracting the virus, and worrying about their symptoms, women must also worry about who they meet in quarantine centres when receiving treatment. There is really no place where a woman can feel safe in the country.

It comes as no surprise then that year after year India makes it to the list of counties most dangerous for women.