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Notice to Maharashtra

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Over molestation of hospital patient

Having taken suo motu cognisance of media reports, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Thursday said it had issued a notice to the Maharashtra government over reported molestation of a patient by a sweeper at the Thane Municipal Corporation-run Kalwa Hospital.

Man arrested

According to reports published on Thursday, a 39-year-old sweeper had tied the hands of a 14-year-old girl suffering from seizures to the bed in the ICU of the hospital and then molested her. The man had been arrested subsequently.

Calling for a detailed report within four weeks, the NHRC issued a notice to the Maharashtra government Chief Secretary.

The Commission sought details of similar incidents in the past, if any had occurred, as well as what steps the government had taken to keep patients safe.

“The Commission has observed that the contents of the media reports, if true, amount to gross human rights violation of the victim patient. The victim girl was in lawful custody of the hospital and it was obligatory on the part of the hospital to provide her proper safety during the indoor treatment,” the NHRC statement read.

Terming it a “lapse” on the part of the hospital, the Commission said the incident raised a “question mark on the safety of the patients, particularly the female patients, admitted to the hospital”.

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