JAMSHEDPUR (Web Desk) – A teenage rape victim, undergoing treatment at an Indian hospital, has been raped for a second time by a security guard of the hospital.
The 15-year-old girl has told police that she was raped on Sunday by a security guard at the hospital where she had been admitted in Jamshedpur city in the impoverished state of Jharkhand.
The minor girl, admitted to Mahatma Gandhi Medical College and Hospital, was allegedly raped by Shambhu Mahto, the security guard.
The security guard managed to flee the place after allegedly raping the girl. A woman staffer is also accused of helping the security guard to escape from the spot, The Hindu reported.
Police have launched a hunt for the accused. The security guards posted in the hospital have been interrogated.
The girl was earlier raped on January 26 by a 14-year-old boy. Since the accused in the earlier case was also a minor, he was detained and sent to a juvenile remand home.
Public hospitals in India are often poorly resourced, with lax security, while overworked doctors and nurses struggle to cope with a crush of patients and families.
The fatal gang-rape of a student on a bus in Delhi in 2012 shone a global spotlight on frightening levels of sexual violence against women.
It also led to major reform of India’s rape laws including speeding up of trials and hiking penalties for offenders, but high numbers of assaults persist.