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Teenage Covid-19 patient raped by paramedic while being taken to hospital’ in India

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A 19-year-old teenage girl was allegedly raped by an ambulance driver on her way to hospital after she tested positive for corona virus.

She is said to have been attacked by the man known as V Noufal, 29, in the Pathanamthitta district of Kerala, India, on Saturday night.

Noufal was arrested on Sunday and police said he had not obtained the mandatory clearance certificate before joining as a driver. The driver is said to be a habitual offender with different criminal cases against him.

He picked up the victim as well as a 42-year-old woman at Adoor government general hospital after they tested positive for corona virus.

After dropping off the older woman, from Adoor, at a Covid center in Aranmula, the driver drove the victim to Firstline Covid Treatment Centre in Pandalam. The Bangalore Mirror reports the driver took her to a secluded area, removed his PPE and raped the girl at around 10 pm.

He reportedly apologized for the attack before threatening her not to tell anyone and dropping her off at the

After his arrest, Police said he had not obtained the mandatory clearance certificate before joining as a driver.

Health Minister KK Shailaja described the attack in Kerala as ‘shocking’ and ‘inhuman’.

A health department official told The Indian Express that the driver is usually sent alone to a particular locality to pick up patients to limit the exposure of health workers.

The official said: ‘The driver’s chamber is partitioned and no other staff or nurse accompanies the driver while ferrying patients to hospital.

‘This is to limit the exposure of health workers to infected persons. In rare cases, if the patient is serious, we send a nurse. In this case, both patients were stable.’The attack is the latest in a series of high profile sexual offenses in India. Last week, a three-year-old girl was raped and strangled in the Lakhimpur Kher district, of Uttar Pradesh. hospital.

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