Greater Noida gangrape: Their ordeal continued even at hospital
The three rape survivors had to spend the entire day at the district hospital in Noida for their medical examinations to be conducted.noida Updated: Nov 04, 2016 11:38 IST
The three women who were allegedly beaten up and gangraped had to spend the whole of Wednesday waiting at the district hospital in Noida for their medical examinations to be conducted. They said that the woman doctors who had to conduct the exam were either not available at the time or were busy with other duties.
“When we reached the hospital in the morning we were told a delivery is slotted... after waiting for another hour, we were told that some other doctor will come. At 3pm we were told that only one of the three women’s medical exam would be conducted. Later, all three women’s exams were conducted and they reached home only by 9pm. They had been beaten up and raped and the entire day was torturous for them...” said the nephew of the brick kiln owner who accompanied them to the hospital.
Officials at the district hospital said the victims did not follow proper procedure, which was to consult the nearest hospital. “The hospital would have then referred them to the district hospital and only then could their medical exams have been conducted,” said Nagendra Mathur, chief medical superintendent, district hospital.
“Even to send them for medical exams, we had to hire a private car for Rs 2,000 in which the women constables also went along. We were under pressure from the local police to change the language of the complaint. They were pressurising us not to mention rape and say that only four persons were behind the incident,” said the brick kiln owner.
The three women had to endure similar treatment on Thursday as they were called by senior police officials to Rabupura police station for inquiries and were sent back after a couple of hours in the afternoon.
“This treatment is equivalent to harassment of victims and should stop. If there is any inquiry, the officials should make the effort to visit the crime scene and not call the victims to police station every time, it is nearly 7-8 kms away. A car was also arranged to ferry them to the police station,” said Dhirendra Singh, a farmer leader from Congress.
Singh, along with locals and farmers, had staged a protest at Rabupura police station on Wednesday.
A couple, Karan Singh and his wife Suresh, also reached the brick kiln on Thursday morning and said that they were robbed of their valuables by six men on gunpoint on the evening of November 1, several hours before the gangrape incident.
“They were six men who robbed us on gunpoint. Later we came to know that six men had gangraped and robbed the workers at kiln. Had the police been alert or undertaken patrolling after our incident, criminal elements present in the area would have fled,” said Karan Singh.
However, police officials said that both incidents were not the work of the same gang even though they took place nearby and within hours of each other.
“With further investigation, we came to know that both incidents were the work of different gangs and not of the same persons. It will take us some more time to crack the case. As regards the victims, senior officials had to inquire more about the incident. However, the aim was to get more information to help police crack the case. We too don’t want the victims to be troubled,” said Sujata Singh, superintendent of police, (rural), Gautam Budh Nagar.