A medic was accused of raping a young woman while she was being transported to hospital after she tested positive for the Coronavirus. The alleged victim, 19, accused the driver known as V Noufal – a habitual known for having committed several criminal cases against him – of attacking her in Pathanamthitta district in Kerala state, India. Nofal took her and another 42-year-old woman from Adour Governmental General Hospital to transfer them to specialized Corona virus treatment centers. He drove the older woman to a center in Aranmola and then took a secluded road to the Firstline Covid Treatment Center in Pandalam, Kerala state, before taking off the PPE and rape, as the alleged victim claims.
She said that the medic apologized after the attack and then threatened her not to tell anyone. When I got to the hospital, I told the staff about the rape, with Nawfal being arrested Sunday morning, the Indian Express reported. Health Minister KK Shilaga described the alleged attack as “shocking” and “inhuman”.
India has been ranked as the most dangerous place for women due to high levels of domestic and sexual violence. A Thomson Reuters poll of 550 global experts ranked after 33,356 rape and 89,097 sexual assaults were recorded in that year alone. Just a week ago, a three-year-old girl was raped in one of three similar attacks in Lakimpur Kher district in Uttar Pradesh in just 20 days. Last month, a deaf and dumb 14-year-old girl was gang-raped at her private school in Gironda before her attackers struck her face with stones. In the same month, a boy and two of his friends allegedly drugged and raped a 17-year-old girl en masse. A few days before that, horrific details were revealed about the rape and murder of a 10-year-old disabled girl in Jaipur in May. Shocking video showing a gang of men attacking a girl in India. Play video: 0% 0: 00 Progress: 0% Current time in PlayMute 0: 00 / Duration Time 1: 42 Fullscreen The National Crime Records Bureau said in 2019 that the number of rape cases in India was doubling and more than half of the victims were aged between 18 and 30 rape cases reported to police reached 90 per day, according to government data. But the National Family Health Survey of India found that 80% of women who experience sexual violence do not report it.