A 22-year-old woman who had given birth to a child was allegedly sexually assaulted in the ICU of a private hospital at Bahadurgarh in Haryana’s Jhajjar district.
According to police sources, the incident occurred on Saturday morning when a man walked inside the hospital and committed the crime.
The local police has launched raids in Bahadurgarh and its neighbouring areas to nab the accused whose movements were captured on the CCTV installed at the hospital.
“The 22-year-old woman was assaulted by the man. The victim first thought him to be a doctor who was examining her,” said SP Sumit Kumar.
“According to the clues we have obtained from the footage, he had come in a Hyundai Elantra. We are hopeful of arresting him soon,” he said.
The SP said that though their priority was to arrest the accused, action will be initiated against hospital staff and security as well if negligence on their part is found.
“Haryana Health Minister Anil Vij said police had been directed to take swift action in the matter.
Bahadurgarh DSP Ajit Singh said a case under Section 376 (rape) of the IPC and other relevant provisions has been registered against the unidentified accused.
“The woman thought a doctor had come to examine her.
However, after realising that something was not right, she objected, after which the accused walked away,” he said.
Police said the accused was said to be wearing a ‘white coat’ resembling the attire worn by doctors.
The victim had recently delivered a child through a caesarean operation and was admitted to the ICU at the private hospital in Jhajjar.
Police said CCTV footage showed a man getting down from the Elantra car outside the hospital, at around 3.30 AM, and going straight to the ICU. He is also seen leaving the hospital.
After the incident, the woman called a nurse to inform her husband who later lodged a complaint with police.