Where are Indian Women Safe if Not Even in a Hospital During Pandemic? Doc Sexually Abuses Covid-19 Patient

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Where are Indian Women Safe if Not Even in a Hospital During Pandemic? Doc Sexually Abuses Covid-19 Patient

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The past few months, since the pandemic has been upon us, we have been celebrating doctors. But in a shocking incident from Uttar Pradesh that shall remain a blot on the medical fraternity, a doctor attempted to rape a patient who tested positive for coronavirus. Not once, but twice.

Dr Tufail Ahmad, a 30-year-old government doctor at Aligarh’s Deen Dayal Hospital, was arrested on Wednesday on charges of molesting and attempting to rape a 25-year-old patient who was recuperating in an isolation ward, according to a report in The Times of India. The woman alleged that the doctor visited the ward on Tuesday night to examine her. Instead, he touched her private parts. He once again visited her on Wednesday and molested her.

According to the police, CCTV footage of the hospital revealed that the doctor visited the women’s ward without wearing the PPE kit and gloves, which is mandatory while treating coronavirus patients. Some reports point out that the doctor was off duty.

After the woman filed a complaint, the doctor was booked under section 376 (2) d – taking advantage of his official position and commits rape on a woman in his custody – of the Indian Penal Code. He was later arrested from a hotel where he had quarantined himself after the hospital visit.

The chief medical officer of the district has formed a committee to probe in the incident, Superintendent of Police (Crime) Arvind Kumar said.

Sadly, this is not the only case of sexual assault being reported from a hospital during a pandemic. In Maharahstra’s Panvel, a 25-year-old Covid-19 patient was arrested last month for allegedly raping a woman in a quarantine facility.

Clearly, no place is safe for a woman in India. Not even the damn hospital during a pandemic.

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