A coronavirus affected person was raped by a male nurse at a authorities hospital in Bhopal and died inside 24 hours, the police mentioned on Thursday, in a stunning incident made public solely after a month following the arrest of the suspect.
The 43-year-old girl who was admitted to the Bhopal Memorial Hospital and Analysis Centre on April 6 had complained concerning the incident, figuring out the accused in a press release to a health care provider, in response to the police.
Sources mentioned as her situation deteriorated quickly after, she was shifted to a ventilator. She died within the late night on the identical day.
A case was registered on the Nishatpura Police Station and the accused, recognized as 40-year-old Santosh Ahirwar, was arrested. He has been stored on the Bhopal Central Jail awaiting trial.
Senior police officer Irshad Wali mentioned that the sufferer had given an utility to the police, requesting her identification to be protected and the incident not be revealed to anybody.
“That’s the reason the data was not shared with anybody besides the investigating staff,” he mentioned.
Sources mentioned that the accused had additionally sexually assaulted a 24-year-old workers nurse and had been suspended for ingesting whereas on the job prior to now.
For the reason that girl who died was a survivor of the 1984 Bhopal gasoline tragedy, the affiliation of victims of the catastrophe has written a robust letter to authorities flagging the “pathetic situation of COVID wards” on the Bhopal Memorial Hospital Analysis Centre or BMHRC.
“The BMHRC administration has achieved every little thing in its energy to push this heinous and legal act beneath the rug and that’s exactly the explanation why the household of the rape sufferer was not even knowledgeable concerning the occasions,” it mentioned.
Calling for an investigation into her dying, set up of CCTV cameras in all COVID-19 wards, and guaranteeing intercourse offenders usually are not employed by hospitals, the group mentioned the incidents had been “a colossal failure” the place the administration and safety administrator must be held accountable.
It additionally famous that the survivors of the Bhopal gasoline tragedy had been seven occasions extra more likely to die from COVID-19 than common residents, and mentioned there have been a number of different shortcomings within the care of coronavirus sufferers at BMHRC.