Kerala: Driver rapes Covid patient in ambulance on way to hospital
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: In a shocking incident, a 20-year-old Covid-19 patient was raped by an ambulance driver while shifting her to a Covid special hospital in Pandalam on Saturday night. Police have arrested the accused, Noufal V (25) of Kayamkulam, under IPC sections for rape while the private firm operating the Kaniv 108 ambulance service has terminated him from service.
Pathanamthitta district police chief K G Simon said the woman was being taken from her uncle’s residence at Vadakkedathukavu near Adoor to the hospital. “She was picked up from the house around 10pm and dropped at Adoor CFLTC, from where Noufal picked her up along with an elderly woman. He committed the crime at a secluded place near Aranmula after dropping the other woman at Kozhencherry CFLTC,” he said.
警察局长西蒙称，这名女子是从她叔叔位于Adoor附近Vadakkedathukavu的住所被接到医院的。她是在晚上10点左右被救护车接走的，然后被送到Adoor CFLTC医院, 在途中司机还接了另一名较年长的妇女。司机在Aranmula附近一个僻静的地方作案，在此之前他先把另一名年长女子送到Kozhencherry CFLTC医院。
The woman informed the matter to the staff at Pandalam CFLTC where she was taken to. The superintendent of police said the accused, who has been working with the ambulance service for nearly a year, was booked for attempting to commit culpable homicide in an assault case in Alappuzha earlier.
The opposition UDF and BJP have demanded a highlevel probe into the incident. Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala said lapses on the part of the government led to the crime. “The woman was sent alone in an ambulance with the culprit... Police now say he has a criminal background; why was this not considered before he was appointed?” he asked.
BJP state chief K Surendran said the incident highlighted the failure of the government. “We demand the resignation of the health minister,” he said.
Pathanamthitta district medical officer A L Sheeja said government nurses accompanied patients in ambulances only if their condition was serious as the service was being managed by a private firm. ‘’As per regulations, an emergency medical technician (EMT) has to go in the ambulance, but in this case only the driver was present. We do not know why the EMT was absent,” she said.
医务官员A L Sheeja说，只有在病人病情严重时救护车上才会配护士护送病人，但这两救护车是由一家私营公司运营的。“根据规定，救护车上必须有紧急医疗技术员(EMT)随行，但在该案件中只有司机。我们不知道紧急救护人员为什么缺席，”她说。
Terming the incident as extremely painful, health minister K K Shailaja said strict action would be taken against the accused. She said according to the private firm, Noufal was hired on the basis of his past experience with 108 ambulance service in Alappuzha during 2014-15. The state women’s commission has registered a suo motu case and sought a report from the district police chief. The state human rights commission has also registered a case and sought reports from the state police chief and the health secretary within 15 days.
卫生部长K K Shailaja称这一事件令人非常难过，并表示将对被告采取严厉措施。她说，根据这家私营公司的说法，之所以聘用努法尔，是因为他在2014年至2015年期间曾在阿拉普扎(Alappuzha)提供过108次救护车服务。邦妇女委员会已经登要求地区警察局长提交报告。邦人全委员会要求警察局长和卫生部长在15天内提交报告。
译文来源：三泰虎 http://www.santaihu.com/p/50763.html 译者：Jessica.Wu
but if happened in BJP ruled states it will become top news for them.
What was the need to shift a young girl at the night? Is Covid an emergency? she should have been shifted only next morningIt is high time to have some as relatives or others are not allowed to accompany a covid patient.
Aravindhakshan K PANICKER
NUMBER ONE STATE FOR RAPE
Panicker don't panic