Friday, March 11, 2011

[ZESTCaste] Rape bid on dalit at VSS hospital

Rape bid on dalit at VSS hospital
TNN | Mar 9, 2011, 11.34pm IST

SAMBALPUR: A 36-year-old dalit woman was sexually assaulted by two
unidentified men on the VSS Medical College and Hospital campus late
on Tuesday.

The victim, a resident of Bargarh was attending to her ailing brother
who was admitted to the medicine ward of the hospital. Based on the
woman's complaint, the police have registered a case. But no one has
been arrested so far.

Sources said, the woman was returning to the hospital after having her
dinner at a hotel near the hospital premises around 9 pm, when two men
dragged her inside the hospital and molested her. They pushed her to a
corner, gagged her and tried to rape her. But her screams raised an
alarm and a few women rushed to the spot. "We have registered a case,
but are yet to make any arrests as the accused are yet to be
identified," an officer of Burla police station said.

The incident has generated sharp reactions from locals who have
demanded adequate security measures on the hospital premises for
female attendants of patients, particularly during the night. "This
has become a regular phenomenon at the hospital with outsiders and
local hoodlums ruling the roost at the hospital during the night,"
social activist Chetan Goyal said.

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