The alleged rape of a minor patient by a security guard at Jamshedpur’s MGM Medical College Hospital drew widespread criticism in Jharkhand with political parties and social activists demanding safety for women in medical institutes and hospitals.
Ranchi-based Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) has also earned infamy due to sexual violence cases.
In March, 2015, a ward attendant at RIMS attempted to rape a 55-year-old woman who was attending her ailing husband. “These incidents are a big shame for our society,” state women commission chairperson Mahua Majhi said.
She said that she had spoken to authorities in Jamshedpur and demanded stringent action against t he accused security guard. “I f found guilty, he should be tried for the severest of punishment.”
Leaders of Jharkhand Mukti Morcha and Congress met the MGM Hospital superintendent RY Choudhary separately and demanded an end to increasing lawlessness and crime against women in hospital premises.
“It is a shame that even patients are not safe in the state,” said former minister Dulal Bhuiyan.
Jamshedpur senior police superintendent Anoop T Mathew said the police did their best job by arresting the accused within 24 hours.
“We are waiting for the medical tests of the victim, whom we have shifted to Tata Main Hospital ( TMH). Even i f t he medical tests fail to confirm penetration, under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences ( POCSO) Act, even t ouching a child with wrong intention amounts to crime,” Mathew said.