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Woman allegedly raped in Delhi’s ICU, wrote note to father to share ordeal

Amid another case of crime against women in the country, a 21-year-old woman was allegedly raped in Delhi last week. The incident is more horrendous as the victim suffered torment in the ICU of Fortis Hospital of Gurgaon where she was admitted for treating her tuberculosis.

The woman regained her consciousness after six days on Tuesday while in the ICU and being unable to communicate by speaking, she wrote a note to her father along with other hand gestures to make him aware of the atrocities that happened to her during her stay at the hospital.

As she was suffering from tuberculosis, on October 21st, the patient was admitted to the Gurgaon hospital. The FIR (First Information Report), lodged in Sushant Lok police station, states she was kept on a ventilator since then, highlighting her breathing difficulties at the time.

The woman in her note mentioned a specific Vikas who executed the hideous crime. As of now, it isn’t clear as to whether Vikas is a worker at the same hospital or not. The police is carrying out probes to determine the same.

According to the complaint filed by her father, the patient was sexually assaulted between 21st– 27th October. To obtain an unbiased report, the family has requested that the medical checkup of their family member be carried out in a government hospital rather than a private one.

When the policemen reached the hospital to record the victim’s statement regarding the incident, the doctors did not allow them to do so as they were told the woman wasn’t in the proper health state to speak to them.

“We are probing the case. We are trying to find out if Vikas worked at the hospital. The woman’s parents are not aware of it. We would be able to get clarity once we get a statement from the patient. We are probing the CCTV footage from the hospital to get clues,” police officer Maksood Ahmad told the media.

According to a spokesperson of the hospital, they had alerted the police about the incident after they were enlightened regarding it by the patient herself, “Six days after admission, the patient alleged that she has been violated on the day of admission. Post her complaint, we immediately informed the police. We have a zero-tolerance policy in such situations and are extending full cooperation and support including entire CCTV footage to the police.”

Just weeks before, there were nationwide protests over the alleged gang-raped and death of a 19-year-old Dalit woman of Hathras. The family of the victim in UP had accused the four men belonging to the “upper caste” of the society. After the case was handed over to the CBI, they found one of the accused to be a minor; a fact which many said wasn’t investigated or brought to light by the UP police.

Earlier this week, the Supreme Court said the Allahabad High Court will watch over the investigation.