NHRC notice to State over ‘molestation’ of municipal hospital patient


Victim is a 14-year-old suffering from seizures

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 the reported molestation of a patient by a sweeper at the Thane Municipal Corporation-run Kalwa Hospital.

Detailed report

Calling for a detailed report within four weeks, the NHRC issued a notice to the State chief secretary. The NHRC 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 NHRC said the incident raised a “question mark on the safety of the patients, particularly the female patients in the hospital”.

Hand tied

According to reports published on Thursday, the 14-year-old girl girl was admitted to the ICU in the hospital on December 19 as she was suffering from seizures. During treatment, one of her hands was tied to the bed to administer saline.

On Saturday, a 39-year-old sweeper approached her bed and tied her other hand to the bed and molested her, as per the FIR.

A patient on an adjacent bed saw the girl panicking and raised an alarm, after which the cleaner was caught and subsequently arrested.

(With inputs from PTI)

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