Ambulance driver rapes Covid patient in India
India -- In a shocking incident, a 20-year-old Covid-19 patient was raped by an ambulance driver
A 19-years-old woman COVID patient was allegedly assaulted and raped by an ambulance driver while being taken to a treatment centre near Pathanamthitta.
The incident happened at Aranmula on Saturday night while the woman was being shifted to a first line treatment centre near Pathanamthitta, police said on Sunday.
There was no woman health worker on board with the patient, The Hindu reported.
The culprit is from Kayamkulam and is an accused in an earlier murder case.
The driver raped the woman at an empty plot at Aranmula near Pathanamthitta.
The man has also been charged under sections relating to prevention of atrocities against Scheduled Castes, Manorama reported.
She was assaulted after the ambulance dropped off another woman patient at Kozhencherry Taluk Hospital, the police said, adding that this indicated the assault was pre-planned.
Kerala Police said a crucial piece of evidence in the case was an audio recorded by the woman without the driver’s knowledge in which he is heard telling her he would lose his job and life if she told anyone about the incident, Manorama reported.
The ambulance driver Naufal (29) was taken into custody on Sunday based on a complaint by the survivor’s mother to the hospital authorities and the police.