Kerala horror: Woman who recovered from COVID raped in captivity in Thiruvananthapuram, junior health inspector arrested

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Police said the incident took place on September 3 after accused invited her to his house to hand over qurantine relese certificate

In a second kind of a similar attack on a COVID-19 patient in Kerala in the past 24 hours, a junior health inspector allegedly raped a woman in captivity for 24 hours in Thiruvananthapuram city after inviting her to his house under the pretext of handing over quarantine release certificate.

The accused identified as Pradeep Kumar has been suspended from service with immediate effect and an offence under Section 376 (Punishment for rape) of the Indian Penal Code after arresting him. Police said that the incident took place on September 3 at the rented residence of the accused at Bharathannoor in the state capital.

The survivor, who is a native of Kulathupuzha in Kollam district, had been in quarantine at her home after returning from her workplace in Malappuram.

Police said that Pradeep, who is the junior health inspector at a primary health centre in Kulathuppuzha, reportedly threatened the woman that police would be informed that she violated quarantine norms.

He allegedly held the woman in captivity and raped throughout the night after threatening her that he would report to the police that she violated the quarantine norms.

The survivor is earning her livelihood by working as a housemaid in Malappuram and she had come to her home in Kulathupuzha in the last week of last month.  She had been in home quarantine and tested negative during the antigen test conducted at the primary health centre.

At that time, Pradeep reportedly gave his phone number to the woman for collecting the quarantine release certificate.

On September 3, the accused asked her to come to his residence and raped her in captivity. He also threatened her not to inform it anyone. After she was released from captivity, the woman reached her friend's house in the state capital and on the insistence of the friend, the survivor lodged a complaint.

Pradeep confessed to the crime and a a medical examination was also conducted.

This is second incident of a similar nature that shook the state in the past 24 hours.

On Sunday, Kerala woke up to the shocking news of the rape of a 19-year-old COVID-19 patient in an ambulance at Aranmula in Pathanamthitta district.

The police said the accused, Naufal, 29, of Panaykachira house, Kirikadu south, Kayamkulam, had allegedly planned the act. He has been arrested.

Police said that the girl had shifted to the house of a relative after her mother and others tested positive for COVID-19. However, she also tested positive while staying at the relative’s home.

While she was being shifted to a hospital for treatment, the accused raped her after parking the 108 ambulance at an isolated place at around 10 pm on Saturday.  

Police said that the ambulance did not follow protocol that stipulates female patients are to be accompanied by female health workers, they said.

Naufal is an accused in a previous attempted murder case and many other criminal cases.

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