TNN | Sep 2, 2013,
PUNE: A 30-year-old speech-impaired woman, who was being treated at a hospital run by Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) in Moshi, was allegedly raped inside the hospital lift by a ward boy on the night of August 29.
The woman is an inmate of a shelter home. She told the officer of the shelter home about the rape on Saturday, after she was discharged from hospital.
Bhosari police have arrested the ward boy, Pramod Mandekar (28), a resident of Phuge Mane lane in Bhosari. They have also arrested a security guard of the hospital, Shailesh Jadhav (39), of the Nurses Quarters in Bhosari for allegedly helping Mandekar in the crime.
Mandekar and Jadhav have been charged under sections 376(D) (intercourse by any member of the management or staff of a hospital with any woman in that hospital) and 109 (punishment of abetment if the act abetted is committed in consequence) of the IPC.
Senior inspector Suresh Kekane of the Bhosari police station told TOI that the shelter home officer lodged a complaint against Mandekar and Jadhav. “Though the woman is speech-impaired, she somehow managed to give details about the crime to the officer. We also have some witnesses in the case,” he said.
PCMC health chief Dr Anil Roy however said that Mandekar is the watchman and Jadhav, the ward boy. Later in the evening, the police commissionerate confirmed that Mandekar had raped the woman.
“The victim had lost her parents a few years ago and is partially speech-impaired. She has been staying in a shelter home. On August 26, she complained of some heatlh issues and was admitted to the hospital,” said Sub-Inspector Sanjay Kandalkar of Bhosari police station.
Sub-inspector SS Kandalkar, who is an investigating officer in the case, said Mandekar was employed as a ward boy in the women’s ward of the hospital. “Around 8.30pm on August 29, Mandekar and Jadhav went into the ward and forcibly took the woman with them. Mandekar forced her inside the lift and raped her. After the crime, Mandekar and Jadhav brought her back to the ward,” he said.
Investigations have revealed that the lift operator had gone out on some work at the time of the rape. Mandekar has a spare key to operate the lift, a police officer from the Bhosari police station said.
Mandekar and Jadhav were produced in court on Sunday and remanded in police custody till September 4.
Meanwhile, women corporators from all political parties in Pimpri Chinchwad gathered outside the Bhosari police station on Sunday afternoon to condemn the rape. They demanded strict action against the suspects.