A 14-year-old COVID 19 patient who allegedly raped at the 10000-bed capacity care center at Chatarpur, South Delhi, has finally recovered from the disease. A 19-year-old corona patient is alleged to rape the minor patient.
The minor’ result has been tested negative on Thursday evening, the police inspector who did not want to be identified.
Two suspects, who were arrested and are in judicial custody are at government hospitals for treatment. The second man is suspect’s friend who filmed the crime on his mobile phone.
Both are corona positive and the officer informed that suspects are guarded by Delhi Police’s Third Battalion which means prisoner’s outside jail premises.
The suspect was admitted at the facility around the same time the girl was brought — about a week before the alleged crime happened on the night of July 15.
The girl and the 19-year-old had got acquainted with each other during their stay at the center, police told. He allegedly called her near the washroom on the pretext of talking to her and allegedly committed the vice, police had confessed on Thursday.
His 20-year-old friend allegedly stood guard and taped the crime on his mobile phone.
During a brief interrogation, the suspect “admitted” to raping the girl child, the investigator cited above said.
The suspects were sent to judicial detention and since they were infected, the police did not get a possibility to interrogate them any further.
We seized the mobile phone of the other suspect and sent it to a forensic laboratory for recovery of the alleged video as we suspect he canceled it when the crime was disclosed, the investigator said.
Stating on the crime, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday said, it is an awful incident. A police case has been reported and the matter is being explored. The culprit should receive the strictest punishment.
The survivor’s testimony was recorded in the physical presence of a magistrate on Friday. Since she was infected with coronavirus all this while, we didn’t have a chance to record her statement in court. On Friday, her mother was with her while she recorded her statement, which was constant with her earlier allegation, the officer said.
After legal regulations, she was sent home with her mother who works as household assistance.
The child is yet to be cautioned by NGOs, a necessary requirement to help survivors heal with mental pain. Now that she has healed, we have requested a counselor to help her, the officer said.
The survivor reported the crime on July 16 morning to an assistant of the care center. Of the 10,200 beds at the facility — billed as the largest COVID care center in India — only about 250 are currently invaded.
Since it is a huge facility with a measly occupancy, large spaces are unmanned. The Indo-Tibetan Border Police, which is overseeing security as well as treatment of patients there, had originally planned to deploy 1,000 of its personnel for security objectives.
But with very few sufferers at the center, only about 100 of them are working in shifts in the security bureau.
The ITBP said they have stepped up security and are investigating if there were any lapses on the part of its staff.