Denied ambulance, Assam woman raped by 2 while walking home from hospital

A woman was allegedly raped by two men while she was walking home from a hospital in Assam’s Charaideo district. The woman along with her daughter had gone for Covid-19 testing, and after they tested negative, they were denied an ambulance to return home.

On the way home, the two accused men allegedly kidnapped the woman, took her to a nearby tea garden and raped her, NDTV reported.

The daughter of the survivor said their entire family tested positive for the virus and had to be admitted to the hospital.

She said after testing negative, they were denied an ambulance to return home. When they asked if they could spend the night at the hospital, that was denied as well. The distance between the hospital and their home is almost 25 km.

“When we tested negative, the hospital authority asked us to go home. We asked for an ambulance to return home, but they denied it. We were discharged from the hospital at 2.30 pm. We asked them if we can stay the night in hospital since there was Covid curfew, but the hospital authorities said no,” the daughter told NDTV.

“We started walking. Later, two men chased us. We ran but they caught my mother and took her away. I managed to run and informed villagers. After two hours my mother was found,” she said.

Charaideo senior police officer Sudhakar Singh said the probe is on to nab the accused and the medical test report of the woman is awaited.

Assam Health Minister Keshab Mahanta said ambulances should be provided to Covid-negative patients for returning home.

The Assam Tea Tribe Students’ Association has held the hospital authorities responsible for the matter and demanded immediate arrest of the accused.

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