Hospitals Have Turned into Hunting Grounds for Predators. Lab Technician Takes Vaginal Swab for Covid-19 Test

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Hospitals Have Turned into Hunting Grounds for Predators. Lab Technician Takes Vaginal Swab for Covid-19 Test

Illustration: Robin Chakraborty

The past few months, since the pandemic has been upon us, we have been celebrating doctors, nurses and the medical staff. But now, several cases of assault on women in hospitals, quarantine centres and clinics have been reported, making us wonder if a “safe place” for a woman in India is a myth. The most recent incident has come to light from Maharashtra’s Amravati, where a lab technician of a state-run hospital took a vaginal swab from a 23-year-old while performing a Covid-19 test.

The woman went to undertake the test after a colleague at a local mall tested positive for the coronavirus. The technician convinced her that taking a vaginal test was part of the procedure and was essential to get an accurate result, reports India Today.

After the test, the woman discussed the incident with her brother. They suspected something was amiss and got in touch with doctors at Covid Trauma Centre Lab in Amravati who said a vaginal test was not part of the procedure. After a police complaint was filed, the technician was arrested and booked for rape.

This incident though deplorable is not an isolated one. In Uttar Pradesh, a doctor attempted to rape a coronavirus patient not once but twice last week.

Days later, in Delhi, a 14-year-old girl was sexually assaulted by two 19-year-old patients at a coronavirus care facility. And last month, in Maharashtra’s Panvel a woman was raped in a quarantine centre.

Looks like even a pandemic can’t stop these sexual predators.

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