Kerala: Health worker rapes 44-year-old woman who needed Covid-19 negative certificate
Thiruvananthapuram, Sep 7: In yet another shocker from Kerala, a woman, who was under quarantine, has alleged that she was raped by a health worker recently. The accused, a junior health inspector at a primary health centre, was arrested on Monday and a case under IPC section 376 (rape) registered against him, police said.
The incident came to lighta day after a 19-year-old woman was raped by an ambulance driver as she was being shifted to a COVID care centre at Pandalam in Pathnamthitta district on Saturday midnight.
A police officer of the nearby Pangode police station said the 44-year-old woman, who was working as a home nurse at Malappuram, had returned to her home at Kulathupuzha recently and was asked to undergo quarantine by the health inspector. She also underwent an antigen test which was negative and was told by the man to collect the test certificate from his flat at Barathanoor, police said.
The woman in her complaint stated that she went to his house on September 3 and was sexually attacked after being tied up and was allowed to leave only the next day. Meanwhile, the Women's commission has on its own registered a case against the health inspector and directed the state Health secretary to initiate disciplinary action against him.
The police arrested a junior health inspector, Pradeep Kumar, based on the woman's complaint. The case was later transferred to Pangode station and an FIR registered. The accused will be produced before the court on Monday.
Condemning the incident, leader of the opposition in the state assembly Ramesh Chennithala said the two incidents of rape has brought shame to the state. These incidents shows the "serious lapses" on the part of the health department, he alleged.