Ambulance driver rapes COVID-19 patient he was transporting to hospital
Ambulance driver rapes COVID-19 patient he was transporting to hospital

A 19-year-old girl was allegedly raped by an ambulance driver on her way to the hospital after she tested positive for COVID-19.

The ambulance driver, identified as 29-year-old V Noufal while on their way to the Firstline COVID Treatment Centre in Pathanamthitta district of Kerala, India, on Saturday night, September 5.

Noufal was arrested on Sunday morning September 6, after the victim told staff of the hospital about the alleged incident when she arrived in Pandalam.

After his arrest, Police said he had not obtained the mandatory clearance certificate before joining as a driver.

Health Minister KK Shailaja described the attack in Kerala as ‘shocking’ and ‘inhuman.’

A health department official told The Indian Express that the driver is usually sent alone to a particular locality to pick up patients to limit the exposure of health workers.

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The official said:

The driver’s chamber is partitioned and no other staff or nurse accompained the driver while ferring the patient to the hospital.

This is to limit the exposure of health workers to infect person, In rare cases if the patient is serious, we send a nurse in this case, both patient are stable..

The attack is the latest in a series of high profile sexual offences in India.

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