Assam: Woman walks home after hospital denies ambulance; allegedly raped
In a horrendous incident in Assam's Charaideo district, a woman from the tea tribe community was allegedly raped by two men while she was walking home, after being denied an ambulance by the hospital.
The woman and her daughter had gone for COVID testing and after the test, they requested the hospital to stay the night due to a curfew but were refused by the authorities, who had also denied them the ambulance.
Following this, they decided to walk back home, which was a distance of 25 km. It was at this time when the two men kidnapped the mother, took her to a nearby tea garden and committed the crime, said police sources as per other local media reports.
Charaideo senior police officer Sudhakar Singh informed that they were looking for the accused. "A case has been filed and we are investigating it. A medical test report of the woman is awaited," he added.
Assam Health Minister Keshab Mahanta said ambulances should be compulsorily made available to COVID-negative patients for returning home.
"If the hospital gave ambulance, it would not have happened. They had to walk almost 25 km to reach home and the accused took advantage of the evening hours," a member of the Assam Tea Tribe Students' Association said.
The Association has held the hospital authorities responsible for the matter and demanded immediate arrest of the accused.
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