Kerala Ambulance Driver Arrested For Allegedly Raping Teen Covid Patient

Aranmula police arrested Noufal in the night itself on the basis of the girl's statement and charged him with rape.

According to reports, the driver is arrested by the police. While the 19-year-old was to be admitted to a Covid First Time Treatment Centre at Pandalam, the other woman was to be taken to a Covid centre in Aranmula.

The 20-year-old girl was assaulted sexually while being taken from Pathanamthitta to the COVID care centre in Kozhencherry.

The incident took place on the night of September 5 when two COVID-19 patients, an elderly woman and a 19-year-old were being taken to two different COVID-19 treatment hospitals by a 108-ambulance driver. The woman informed the matter to the staff there, who in turn alerted the police.

The officer said that the survivor sustained injuries, but her condition is stable.

Taking note of it, the State Women's Commission registered a case on its own into the incident, which drew wide condemnation from the opposition Congress and BJP, even as health minister K K Shailaja said strict instructions had been given to take strong action against the culprit. "To prevent maximum contact, others have not been allowed to ride with a coronavirus patient inside the ambulance".

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The incident elicited angry reactions from politicians. "More health workers will be deployed in ambulances from now on".

Following the incident, Kerala Health Minister KK Shailja told the media that they will take all necessary action to prevent such crimes in the future. Women's panel chairperson and CPI (M) leader M C Josephine said people with criminal record should not have been put on Covid duty.

Further probe in the matter is underway, the Pathanamthitta police said. "So we will inquire why this person's criminal background was not checked". "The GPS of the ambulance has been handed over to police..."

Nowfal has been removed from the 108 ambulance service, reported NDTV.

The driver, identified as 25-year-old Noufal, first dropped the elderly COVID-19 patients at a hospital. He had submitted a written undertaking that he would soon obtain a clearance certificate, based on which he was hired...

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