The Jharkhand government on Tuesday removed the superintendent of Mahatma Gandhi Medical College (MGM) Hospital in Jamshedpur, where a security guard allegedly raped a minor rape victim undergoing treatment there, top officials said.
A two-member fact-finding team sent by the state health department — comprising Dr Jaya Prasad, nodal officer for rape crisis, and Dr Manju Kumari, director, health services — also visited MGM Hospital and Tata Main Hospital (TMH), where the victim was later moved.
“We’ve removed MGM Hospital superintendent Dr RY Choudhary from the post with immediate effect and the temporary charge has been given to the MGM College principal Dr AN Mishra,” K Vidyasagar, Jharkhand health secretary, told HT.
Police said the 13-year-old victim was admitted to the hospital on Saturday after she was allegedly raped by a teenager in the Parsudih area of the city on January 26.
The health secretary further said that they would decide the next course of action after getting the report from the fact-finding team on the lapses on the part of the hospital authorities. “Criminal law will take its own course but we also want to assess the medical condition in hospitals for taking care of such rape victims,” he said.
The fact-finding team spoke with the 13-year-old girl and her mother at TMH and also questioned the outgoing superintendent and other hospital staff at MGM Hospital.
“The girl narrated her ordeal and still stuck to her charge of being raped. So did her mother. But facts could be conclusively assessed only after the medical test reports of the victim come. Our main objective was to assess the physical and mental status of the victim,” Dr Jaya Prasad told HT.
Dr Manju Kumari said they checked all the papers related to the victim’s admission and treatment at MGM Hospital and questioned the superintendent about the facility’s ability to handle such delicate and sensitive cases. “We’ve also recorded the statements of patients in the ward and submitted our report to the department,” added Dr Kumari.
The girl had identified the arrested guard of G-Alert security agency, Shambhu Mahato, 56, as the perpetrator of the crime after the city police showed her his photo on Monday evening. Mahato was arrested on Monday from Humepipe area of Bhuiyandih locality, 130 km from state capital Ranchi.
“She has identified the accused and we’re awaiting the victim’s medical reports to act further. We want concrete evidence so that the prosecution case in court is strong,” said Chandan Jha, city superintendent of police.
The rape incident took place at around 7 pm on Sunday, a day after chief minister Raghubar Das had asked hospital authorities to improve conditions at the health facility.