In a shocking incident, a coronavirus positive patient was allegedly sexually assaulted by an ambulance driver in Pathanamthitta district in central Kerala on Saturday night, the officials said. According to the report, the ambulance driver has been arrested.
As per the police, two women from a family had tested for positive coronavirus on Saturday. As per the Covid-19 standard operating procedures (SOP) in Kerala, the patients are to be taken to a hospital only by an ambulance.
Reportedly, the ambulance came at midnight and a patient was admitted to a local Covid-19 hospital after which the authorities have asked the driver to take the other patient to another hospital.
It was a 22-year-old patient who was supposed to be taken to another hospital. According to the police, the driver stopped the ambulance at a deserted place where she was allegedly raped inside the vehicle. The driver threatened her with dire consequences if she revealed her ordeal to anyone
However, she told doctors about the incident after she was admitted to the hospital. Her medical examination confirmed that she was sexually assaulted. Later, the police found that the accused driver (29) was involved in similar criminal cases, including an attempt to murder.
Meanwhile, the health authorities have announced strict instructions that every single ambulance should have at least two employees. It has also directed that special care should be taken if the occupants are only women patients.