Ward Attendant found Guilty of Raping Migrant Woman in Bihar

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The Gaya rape case accused produced in the court today and was found guilty, told the Police In-charge.

By Anushka Sharma

April 16, 2020

A health ward attendant has been arrested in the rape case of a woman in a hospital in Gaya, Bihar. Anugrah Narain Magadh Medical College and Hospital (ANMMCH) is the treatment center for COVID-19 patients. It has been reported that a 24-year-old migrant woman was raped by a health worker in the isolation ward of the hospital.

A doctor of the hospital was accused earlier but the Station House Officer (SHO) of Magadh Medical police station clarified the accused is a ward attendant.

The SHO added, “The accused of the rape case was arrested on April 12. He has been charged with section 376 C (d) and is under custody. He was produced in court today, where the court found him guilty.”

The victim had returned from Ludhiana with her husband on March 25. The lady was two months pregnant and had an abortion and suffered excessive bleeding. On March 27 her family admitted her to Magadh Medical Hospital. The doctors suspected her to be Corona positive and transferred her to the isolation ward of the hospital on April 1. After her test came back negative on April 3, she was discharged from the hospital.

Later the victim died on April 6 in her in-laws house due to excessive bleeding. The victim’s family alleged that she was raped in the hospital by a health worker for two days before she was discharged. 

Dr. Bijay Krishna, The Medical Superintendent of the hospital said that the ward attendant was not a regular staff of the hospital. He was appointed through outsourcing.

“The hospital authorities came to know about the case through the newspaper. The victim was already very sick and had anaemia. The family registered the case after her death which was five days after her discharge. We would have taken action if the family had reported the case to hospital administration earlier.” Dr. Krishna added.

He also said that, for further safety of the other patients, the administration has taken strict actions, more guards have been appointed and no one is allowed to be in the hospital premises without an I-card.

Though the lockdown of 21 days is ensuring the safety of people from coronavirus, it has increased cases of crime against women.

A large number of cases of women harassment, domestic violence, and sexual abuse have been registered during the lockdown period.  As per a report by the National Commission of Women 257 cases of crime against women have been registered in India in 10 days between March 23 — April 1.

A female call attendant of Women Helpline said, “Immediate response is provided depending upon the seriousness of the case.  Some cases take an hour to solve whereas some may take.”

Not only in India, various reports showed that crime against women has increased across the world. They are easily targeted as they cannot go out due to the lockdown.


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