A 14-year-old girl has allegedly been raped by a coronavirus patient in a bathroom, in India’s largest quarantine centre, while the man’s friend stood as guard.
Both men and the girl had all tested positive for the virus, exhibiting mild symptoms, and were in quarantine at India’s largest COVID-19 centre in Delhi.
The alleged rape took place on July 15, at the 10,000-bed facility, and police say that the accused, 19, and another man, who filmed the attack, have been arrested.
It was said that the girl had only been at the quarantine centre for around a week.
The Sardar Patel Covid Care Centre in south Delhi’s Chhatarpur, is the largest facility in India, and was designed to help patients who are asymptomatic or have mild symptoms and cannot isolate at home.
Despite being capable of housing 10,200 patients, only 250 beds are currently filled, and only 30 percent of patients admitted are female.
The Indo-Tibetan Border Police have deployed 1,000 personnel to provide security at the centre, with about 100 working on each shift.
This comes after a doctor in Aligargh city, Uttar Pradesh, was arrested on July 22, after being charged with molesting and attempting to rape a 25-year-old woman, who was recovering in an isolation ward.
Gulf News reports that the 30-year-old doctor, Tufail Ahmad, was arrested at a hotel, where he had quarantined himself after completing his duty in the isolation ward.
The victim claimed that Ahmad touched her inappropriately on July 21, one day after she had been admitted to the hospital.