A 37-year-old doctor with a private hospital in Bhiwandi was booked for allegedly sexually assaulting a minor on the wee hours of Friday in the intensive care unit (ICU). The Nizampura police arrested the doctor on Saturday and registered a case against him.
According to the police, the 14-year-old girl, a resident of Bhiwandi and a Class 9 student, was recently admitted to Kapbadpada hospital after she suffered an asthma attack and complained of stomach pain. She said in her statement to police that the incident took place on Friday between 2.30am and 4am when the accused, identified as Dhirendra Vijay Yadav, visited the ICU. In the name of doing a medical check-up, he touched her inappropriately and sexually assaulted her.
Yadav holds a Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery (BAMS) degree and was attached to the private hospital where the incident took place.
“The girl confided about the incident to her mother. She also clearly stated in her statement that the accused sexually assaulted her by touching her inappropriately in the name of a check-up. The girl was alone in the ICU as parents are not allowed there. Taking the advantage of the situation, the doctor assaulted her. We have arrested Yadav and he was produced in Thane session court on Saturday,” said SD Langhe, senior police inspector, Nizampura police station.
A case has been registered under section 376 (i) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and different sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offence Act, 2012.
“We are also checking who was present in the hospital that night. We are also trying to find out if a female nurse was present in the ICU as it is compulsory if there is a woman patient. If the hospital staff or authorities are found connected to the case, we will take action against them,” added Langhe.