The December 16 brutal gang rape of a physiotherapist in Delhi may have shaken the conscience of the nation but hasn’t quite convinced doctors at Gurgaon’s state-run Civil Hospital to treat cases of rape with sensitivity and urgency.
It took a court order for the hospital to treat a 13-year old rape victim, who is 16 weeks pregnant, on Monday, months after she was found lying abandoned at a railway station near Gurgaon on March 11. The girl was sexually assaulted by three men.
To make matters worse, the hospital referred the victim to Delhi’s Safdarjung Hospital as doctors here thought her case was too critical to be taken care of at their level. At Safdarjung Hospital too, her case allegedly hit a bureaucratic hurdle. She was admitted after a long persuasion as doctors there initially asked her family members to bring her to the out-patient department on Tuesday.
The doctors asked to see her on Tuesday morning there and not the emergency ward because the referral letter from the Civil Hospital didn’t mention the criticality.
“The Civil Hospital only mentioned that she was referred to Safdarjung Hospital on the wish of her family and for better treatment,” alleged Anju Rawat, a lawyer who runs an NGO named Farishte, who took up the victim’s case in court and the two hospitals.
The victim, daughter of a migrant labourer from Rajasthan, was abducted by three men allegedly with the aid of a woman from near her house at Kadipur village here on February 22. She was found abandoned by the police at Gari Harsaru railway station near Gurgaon on March 11.
A case had already been registered by then at the sector 10 police station and one of the three accused has already been arrested.
On March 12, doctors at the Civil Hospital confirmed rape and prepared her medico legal report. The victim’s mother told HT that the report mentioned the fact that she was pregnant but nothing was done to terminate her pregnancy.
Dr Assaruddin, principal medical officer, Civil Hospital, Gurgaon, said, “I will look into the allegations. We referred her to Safdarjung Hospital because her condition was critical. She is suffering from Placenta Previa, a complication where any surgical abortion can lead to heavy blood loss.”
But, doctors at Safdarjung Hospital said the victim is stable and medical termination of her pregnancy is being considered.