21-year-old Raped at Private Hospital in Gurgaon, Revealed Ordeal in a Letter to Her Father

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A 21-year-old woman, admitted at Fortis hospital in Sector-44 on October 21 due to breathing problems, was allegedly raped by a man when she was unconscious during the treatment from October 21 to 27. The victim's father reported the matter to the police on October 27 when she regained her consciousness and revealed her ordeal to her father.

She reportedly handed a three-page letter to her father and accused a man identified as Vikas. Whether the accused is a hospital staff or not is yet to be known.

An FIR has been registered in connection with the incident at Sushant Lok police Station on Wednesday. After receiving the complaint, the police rushed to the hospital to take the woman's statement, but the doctors said that the woman was not in a condition to give the statement.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (east) Maqsood Ahmad said that the matter is being investigated. The record of the hospital, CCTV footage are being scanned.

"The victim is not in a condition to record her statement. The statement of the victim will be taken only after clearance from the doctors, he said.

"The case is being investigated. The parents of the woman do not even know whether the accused is an employee of hospital or not. We are also questioning the hospital management about the incident. The situation will be clear only after the woman gives her statement. Further investigation is on," the DCP added.

According to the police the victim is a residen of Mahendragarh district and suffering from tuberculosis. Due to breathing problems, she was placed on a ventilator.

The victim's urged the police to carry out a medical test of his daughter.

The National Commission for Women (NCW) on Thursday took suo motu cognisance of media reports about the alleged rape of the patient while she was on ventilator support.

"The Commission is perturbed by the reported incident and is concerned about the safety and security of women," said a statement issued by NCW chairperson Rekha Sharma.

"Concerned with such increasing crimes against women, the Commission has written to Commissioner of Police, Gurugram seeking adherence to guidelines of Ministry of Home Affairs of completing probes in two months in cases of sexual assault," the statement said further.

The Commission has also sought a detailed action taken report in the matter from the police.

The Commission is perturbed by the reported negligence of hospitals and the lack of measures to ensure safety of women.

The NCW has written to the Managing Director and CEO of the concerned hospital for taking necessary action to avoid recurrence of such incidents in future.

The hospital administration has also been directed to send an action taken report in the matter.