Covid-19 patient raped enroute to hospital in Kerala's Pathanamthitta; Ambulance driver held

South India

Police have arrested an ambulance driver for allegedly raping a 19-year-old COVID-19 positive girl at Aranmula in Pathanamthitta district.


The accused has been identified as 25-year-old Noufal. Based of the girl's statement, Aranmula police arrested Noufal in the night itself and charged him with rape.

The test results of the alleged victim who was in quarantine at her relative's house in Panthalam had returned positive on Saturday.

According to the report the police, the health workers sent two women in an ambulance to two different hospitals.

After dropping one patient, Noufal took the victim girl to a lonely place and sexually assaulted her. Later he dropped her at the COVID-19 care centre around midnight.

She was also threatened with dire consequences if she revealed her ordeal to anyone. But the rape survivor told doctors about the incident upon being admitted to the hospital. Subsequently, a medical examination confirmed the sexual assault.

According to the Hindustan Times report, the accused was involved in several criminal cases, including a murder attempt.

As per the standard Covid-19 standard operating procedures (SOP) in Kerala, patients are allowed to be ferried to a hospital only by an ambulance.

Meanwhile, Kerala health minister KK Shailaja had directed GVK company, the operational partner of state health departmnent's '108 ambulance service' to dismiss the driver.

She also said the incident was shocking and directed the police to take action to ensure strong punishment to the accused.


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