Victim kin allege misconduct, harassment at hospital
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Family members of the 17-year-old girl who was allegedly gangraped by five UT Police personnel complained of misbehaviour and inordinate delay in medical check-up by the staff of Government Multi-Speciality Hospital, Sector 16, on Thursday night.
Already harassed, the minor and her family did not get much relief from the hospital administration. The girl was made to wait for over five hours for her medical examination.
"Around 7 pm on Thursday, I along with my sister reached GMSH-16 hospital for her medical check-up. But we got free at 2.30 am as doctors harassed us a lot by asking us to go through various formalities," said Vinod Kumar Yadav, victim's cousin.
He added, "First, they asked me to
bring my sister's identity card and photographs. When I brought that, the doctor told me that her parents should be present in person. It was already 11 pm by that time. I
again went back and brought her mother to the hospital."
When Newsline questioned the authorities about the delay in medical examination, both Dr Rajiv Vadhera, Medical Superintendent, GMSH-16, and Dr S K Bhalla, Director Health Services, UT, passed the buck to
"I will not comment on this issue, you can talk to DHS," Dr Vadhera said.
When contacted, the DHS said "this does not come under my purview, you should ask Dr Vadhera, MS of GMSH-16, about this".
However, advocate N S Shekhawat said, "It is not mandatory under any law to get identity cards, photographs or parents' signatures before doing medical examination of a rape victim. Moreover, as far as identity confirmation is concerned, the mere presence of area councillor was sufficient."
He added, "It is misconduct on the part of the hospital and action can be taken against it. Delay in medical examination of a rape victim can lead to destruction of valuable evidence."