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Covid patient dies 24 hours after rape in Indian hospital

01:50 PM | 15 May, 2021
Covid patient dies 24 hours after rape in Indian hospital

BHOPAL – Amid the alarming rise in sexual assault cases in India, a coronavirus patient was raped by a male nurse at a state-run hospital in Bhopal, a central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, police revealed Thursday.

According to the local law enforcers, the 43-year-old victim breathed her last within 24 hours of sexual assault as her health deteriorated. The incident occurred on April 6 where she was undergoing treatment at the Bhopal Memorial Hospital and Research Centre.

Reports in Indian media suggest that the accused was arrested soon after the incident while the family members of the victim were not informed even a month later of the gruesome incident.

Police interrogation revealed that the accused, Santosh Ahirwar, entered the ward in the wee hours on April 6 and asked the victim to undergo a medical checkup. The accused allegedly molested the Covid patient first and then took her to the restroom and sexually assaulted her.

Soon after the rape, the health of the Covid patient worsened and she was then put on a ventilator but later passed away on April 7. Reports also claimed that the accused had earlier sexually assaulted a 24-year-old nurse and had even been suspended for drinking while on duty. 

A senior Indian police official, Irshad Wali, while speaking with an international news agency told that the victim had submitted an application to the police, requesting them not to reveal her identity and keep the probe secret.

The victim didn't want to disclose the gruesome incident to anyone, so the information was not shared with anyone except the investigating team, the cop added.

The incident of rape with covid patients in hospital premises is not the first one as other similar cases have been reported from other states as well. An attendant at a public hospital in Rajkot city of Gujarat was arrested in April for allegedly raping a 55-year-old patient.

Besides sexually assaulting adults, the sexual offenses against minors in the second-most populous country are also rising. A report of a Child NGO suggests that a child abuse incident occurred every 15 minutes in India and there has been an increase of more than 500 percent over the past 10 years in crime against minors.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk

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PKR exchange rate to US dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 21 Feb 2024

Pakistani currency remains stable against US dollar and other currencies in the open market on February 21, 2024 (Wednesday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.6 for buying and 282.4 for selling.

Euro comes down to 300 for buying and 303 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 350.5 for buying, and 354 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.15 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.35.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 21 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.6 282.4
Euro EUR 300 303
UK Pound Sterling GBP 350.5 354
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.15 76.9
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.35 75.1
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 743.32 751.32
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209
China Yuan CNY 38.89 39.29
Danish Krone DKK 40.38 40.78
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.74 36.09
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.10 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 902.41 911.41
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.6 59.2
New Zealand Dollar NZD 171.68 173.68
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.43 26.73
Omani Riyal OMR 725.96 733.96
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.76 77.46
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 26.53 26.83
Swiss Franc CHF 316.9 319.4
Thai Bhat THB 7.93 8.08

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