A doctor and a hospital worker at an Apollo hospital in Gujarat’s Gandhinagar has been arrested for allegedly raping a 19-year-old dengue patient in the ICU earlier this week. The 19-year-old girl, who was admitted to hospital on Saturday, was allegedly raped by the doctor and a hospital worker in two days, in a section of the hospital where visitor’s entry is restricted. According to the sources, she was allegedly assaulted first on Sunday, when the doctor, Ramesh Chauhan, 28, was on the night shift. Read full report.
Both the accused, Dr. Ramesh Chauhan and sweeper Chandrakant Vankar from Apollo Hospital, located at Bhat village in Gandhinagar were arrested on Thursday. “We have arrested Chauhan and Vankar on the charges of rape. The girl alleged that both of them took turns to rape her on the night of Saturday and Sunday at the hospital where she was undergoing treatment for dengue,” said Adalaj police inspector AK Pandya. She has alleged that she had been given some drug before being raped, so she could not fight back. A medical examination has confirmed that the young woman was raped.
On September 7, the girl had lodged a complaint with Adalaj police alleging that she was raped by the hospital sweeper, whom she identified as Chandu, besides a doctor, whom she could recognize. Based on the complaint, police lodged a case under section 376 (C)(D) of the Indian Penal Code for rape and subsequently arrested Vankar and Chauhan, said Pandya.
According to Sandeep Joshi, an official at Apollo Hospital said that “We are fully cooperating with the police. Since the investigations are on, we would not like to comment on the incident,”
“The ward where the incident took place has 14 staff working round the clock and is equipped with CCTV cameras. We are co-operating fully with the police, who are examining CCTV footages and carrying out the investigations,” said a statement issued by the hospital.
According to the sources, it is known that the accused doctor is a Pakistani national who is on a work permit in India since last year. He was granted a long term visa since his relatives are based in Ahmadabad.