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Doc held for raping medical student

india Updated: Jul 08, 2009 02:03 IST
Megha Sood
Megha Sood
Hindustan Times
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A 30-year-old resident medical officer from St George’s Hospital in CST was arrested on Tuesday on charges of intimidating and raping a 22-year-old medical student.

The MRA Marg police called Rahul Samarpal Singh Deshwal for questioning after the complaint was filed late on Monday; he was arrested on Tuesday evening. Senior Inspector Sanjiv Kokil said Deshwal had been “taking advantage of her [the victim’s] junior position during duty hours”.

Dr RS Inamdar, acting dean of JJ group of hospitals who is also in charge of St George’s Hospital, told Hindustan Times that Deshwal’s residency had been terminated. “The hospital is not conducting an independent inquiry,” he said. “If the victim approaches us, we are ready to provide her security and counselling.”

The medical student has told the police that Deshwal, who originally hails from Haryana, has raped her on at least 10 occasions in the past eight months.

In her complaint, she said the first time Deshwal had raped her after mixing sedatives in her soft drink. “The girl said he has also taken obscene photos of her. She said he had promised to marry her but later refused,” Kokil said, adding that they were verifying her allegations.

The police have sent Deshwal’s laptop, cellphone and pen drive for forensic tests.

Deshwal, who’s doing his post-graduation at JJ hospital, was allowed to appear for his viva (oral examination) under security.

He had been posted as a resident doctor at St George’s for a year.

Senior doctors, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said that there had been no complaints about his behaviour in the past. “He is a bright student and kept to himself most of the time,” a doctor said.

Deshwal will be produced before the sessions court on Wednesday.