Bihar health worker gangraped by acquaintances while returning home from delivery call in Araria

A health worker was gangraped while returning home after attending to a delivery call at the Araria district hospital. The victim has told the police that she recognised four of the six accused in the crime.

india Updated: Jul 10, 2017 17:30 IST
Aditya Nath Jha
Aditya Nath Jha
Hindustan Times, Purnia
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A health worker was gangraped while returning from Araria district hospital on Saturday. (Representative illustration)

A 35-year-old Accredited Social Health Activist (Asha) was allegedly gangraped by two acquaintances while she was returning home from the district hospital, after facilitating a delivery, in Bihar’s Araria district, 300 km north-east of Patna on Saturday.

The police, on Sunday, registered an FIR against six persons on the basis of the victim’s complaint. The victim was sent for medical examination.

Passersby who heard the screams of the abducted Asha worker on the Binodpur-Nandanpur road under Bounsi police station of the district, later took her to the district hospital where the police recorded her statement.

The victim told the police that the accused, whom she knew, raped her at a secluded place after she was abducted while returning home on foot from a delivery call at the district hospital. The delivery took place on Saturday evening and she left for home, about 10km away, on a shared autorickshaw.

“I was walking after disembarking from the auto close to my home, when six persons, four of whom I recognised, stopped me and forced me to a bamboo thicket. Two of them then raped me, while four others stood guard,” she said.

Sub-divisional police officer Kumar Devendra said, “An FIR has been lodged against six persons on the basis of the victim’s complaint. Four persons - Rustam, Quddus, Etwari and Sohrab - have been named accused. Two other accused are unnamed. The police have initiated raids to arrest the accused.”

He said “Medical examination has been conducted and we are waiting for the findings to initiate further action.”

The Narpatganj primary health centre (PHC) was shut down following strike after a mob, alleging medical negligence, recently assaulted doctors and paramedics. Two female doctors resigned from service after their repeated demand for security on the hospital premises fell on deaf ears.

The incident involving the Asha worker is being seen as a setback to government’s initiative to promote institutional delivery in the area.

First Published: Jul 10, 2017 17:30 IST