Raped twice, says victim
?REPORTS, OR no reports. I know I was raped twice,? says 35-year-old Kamla (name changed) lying on her bed in Balrampur Hospital. ?I know this. I underwent that,? says she writhing in pain, tears well up in her eyes and her husband Sambhu prays, ?O God make my wife healthy again and punish the rapist.?india Updated: Apr 11, 2006 00:19 IST
“REPORTS, OR no reports. I know I was raped twice,” says 35-year-old Kamla (name changed) lying on her bed in Balrampur Hospital. “I know this. I underwent that,” says she writhing in pain, tears well up in her eyes and her husband Sambhu prays, “O God make my wife healthy again and punish the rapist.”
“That night Ajit (fourth class employee of Balrampur hospital) came to my bed and asked me to accompany him to the other wa//rd as I had to be injected.
When I accompanied him to that ward he bolted the door and raped me twice.
Thereafter he pushed me out of that ward and slept. I stepped out of the ward and fainted in the corridor.”
Sambhu says, “It was only after sometime that two other patients of the same ward came out and saw Kamla lying in the corridor. They lifted her and took her to her bed in ward no. 31 and gave her water. After Kamla narrated them the entire story, there was a hue and cry. A few patients went and complained to the nurse who in turn told them that nothing could be done and they will have to wait till morning.”
Meanwhile, Ajit was sleeping leisurely in the ward in which he had raped her. In the morning at 5:00 am, he informed his wife Ritu, a nurse, who works on the same floor about the incident and Ritu helped him run from there.
“On Monday she underwent an ultrasound and a CT Scan. Once we receive the reports of these tests we will be able to decide whether she can undergo an operation or not,” says Dr Pankaj Khare, the doctor who is treating her. He adds, “However, her health has improved tremendously as she is getting the right treatment now.”
Dr Khare is also the part of the three-member inquiry committee that has been setup to look into this issue. “Whatever the case maybe, the culprit must be punished,” he said.
Dr Vinod Kumar, Superintendent, Balrampur Hospital, says, “We have made it a rule that no male staff or attendant will stay after 8:00 pm. Also, the matron will take rounds of the wards in the night. Apart from this we will make sure that such incidents are not repeated in future.”
Women activists disappear!
ALMOST ALL the prominent women’s welfare organisations went to Balrampur Hospital to meet the victim and promised help and support. However, after the first visit nobody has gone to the hospital to ask about the victim’s health or to offer support. Sambhu says, “All of them had come to meet Kamla and promised to give us help. But nobody has come her after the first day. One of them even promised to send food for her but she has not sent anything till now.”