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'Abused' student awaits tests at AIIMS psychiatric ward

delhi Updated: Aug 01, 2012 01:43 IST
Jaya Shroff Bhalla

Drugged, beaten and sexually abused, 22-year-old Ram Girdhar (name changed), a first-year mechanical engineering student at a college in Agra has been admitted in the psychiatric ward at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) for the past six days.

Girdhar, in his second semester of engineering at Sainath Group of Education in Agra, is now having anxiety attacks.

He wants his molesters "killed". While he claimed to have been ragged and sexually abused by his seniors in the hostel over two days, he doesn't remember the sequence of events.

"I received a call from a hospital in Agra at 2am on July 23 that my brother was admitted in the ICU," said Nath Girdhar, (name changed), his elder brother, a software developer at a private firm in Gurgaon.

"I felt that he was not being handled well, so I got him admitted in AIIMS on July 25," he said.

It has been six days and no FIR has been lodged by the Uttar Pradesh police.

"Unless an FIR is lodged, and the police ask AIIMS to conduct sexual assault tests, hospital authorities say they can't do much," says his brother.

Six days ago, a visibly shaken Ram had woken up and attacked a co-patient, who he thought was his molester.

Fearing loss of evidence, Nath has recorded his brother's conversations on his phone, in which Ram repeatedly says, "They drugged me and did wrong things to me…" Ram also took several names, but Nath does not want HT to make them public till the police lodge a formal complaint.

The doctors at AIIMS too are unwilling to disclose the details, saying it will amount to breach of doctor-patient confidentiality. "We are waiting for him to become a bit stable so we can conduct tests for sexual assault," said a doctor. Dr RK Chaddha, professor, psychiatry and ward in-charge, has also refused to give any patient specific details.

A team from Uttar Pradesh police came to record the victim's statement.

"The doctors did not let me meet the victim. Whatever information I got was from his brother, which is not enough," said Tejinder Singh, SHO at Agra. But the family suspects the local police are trying to hush up the matter.

"We are waiting for the doctors to permit us to record his statement," Singh said.

Meanwhile, college authorities in Agra have also deputed a three-member team to look into the incident.

"The team has been sent to Delhi to record the statements of the boy and his family. We have detained all the boys who were present in the hostel on that day. The college will not shy of rusticating those found guilty," said SN Malik, dean, Sainath Group of Education.