A doctor has been booked for allegedly raping a 23-year-old Dalit woman in Uttar Pradesh's Mau district, about 300 kms from Lucknow, police said on Tuesday.
ON Verma, who owns and runs a private nursing home in Sahadatpur locality of Mau, allegedly raped the Dalit woman inside the operation theatre (OT) Monday.
"The victim, who hails from Azamgarh, on Sunday came to Verma's nursing home along with her mother for treatment of gynaecological problems. At that time, the woman was admitted in the general ward. A lady doctor of the nursing home was treating her," police inspector JP Tiwari told IANS.
He said when Verma was on a routine inspection Monday, he went to meet the young woman to inquire about her condition. "After coming out of the ward, Verma told the woman's mother that her daughter would undergo a surgery," Tiwari added.
"The doctor took the woman inside the OT and allegedly raped her. Later, Verma asked the woman's mother to take her unconscious daughter home saying that her condition would improve after the surgery," said Tiwari.
"As the girl regained consciousness, she told her mother that the doctor raped her. Following which the victim's mother registered a complaint against the doctor late Monday evening," he added.
While the doctor, who has been booked under section 376 (rape) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), is absconding, the victim is being treated at a government hospital, where her condition is stated to be critical.