Days after violence against junior doctors in Kolkata, another similar case has come to light where the family of a 4-year-old rape victim ransacked a hospital after doctors at the facility referred the minor to another hospital for medical tests, saying they did not have the required facilities for the procedure.
A scuffle broke out at the emergency ward of Maharshi Valmiki Hospital in outer Delhi on Tuesday, causing injuries to guards at the facility in an incident that came a day after the culmination of a week-long protest across the country against assault on doctors and medical staff by angry relatives.
“The girl was brought to the hospital around 6pm after which she underwent general examination for rape. However, protocol dictates that a deeper examination be conducted to check for internal injuries and bleeding. For a child, it can be very painful and hence needs to be done under general anaesthesia. Maharshi Valmiki, however, is a small hospital and we do not have the facility for general anaesthesia after 4pm, so the patient was referred to a higher centre,” said Sameer Kakkar, who is a member of the resident doctors’ association at the hospital.
Once the situation went out of control, guards from across the hospital came to the casualty department to manage the crowd. In the scuffle, some of them did get minor injuries, but no one was hurt severely. The staff managed to run away from the situation.
Police was called and necessary action was taken. An FIR in the matter of nuisance created by the family has not been registered yet, however, a case has been registered under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POSCO) and other relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code, a senior police officer said.
A medical examination of the victim has been done. The medical reports awaited will confirm if the minor was raped or not, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Outer-North) Gaurav Sharma said.