A doctor and a sweeper of a Apollo Group hospital in Gandhinagar district of Gujarat have been arrested in connection with the rape of a 21-year-old dengue patient who was admitted in the ICU for treatment. The victim who is being diagnosed with severe dengue had lodged an FIR with the Adalaj police.
The 21-year-old patient was allegedly raped by the accused doctor Rajesh Chauhan and ward boy Chandrakant Vankar allegedly in the intensive care unit (ICU) of the hospital. The doctor and the worker, Chandrakant, drugged her before assaulting her so that she could not fight back, she alleged. The Adalaj police on Friday produced them before the Gandhinagar district court for further custody. The court granted remand of the accused till Saturday.
Police said that Chauhan is originally from Sindh province in Pakistan who is in Ahmedabad on a long term visa. Police said that based on prima facie evidence, suggesting rape, Chauhan and Vankar were arrested. Besides, according to senior police officers, an identification parade was conducted in the hospital in the presence of executive magistrate.
The rape was confirmed following medical examination.
A case was registered against Dr. Chauhan and Chandrakant under Section 376 of IPC by the Adalaj police.
“There are injuries mark in the private parts of the victims. We have examined her medical condition and samples have been sent for forensic examination,” said a senior police officer requesting not to be quoted. Earlier, the Adalaj police inspector KK Pandya had told this paper that the victim was raped twice while she was unconscious.
“We are fully cooperating with the police. Since the investigations are, we would not like to comment on the incident,” Sandeep Joshi, an official at Apollo Hospital, said.