The mystery over the alleged rape of a nurse in Kochi continues to baffle, as the police are unable to even confirm whether such a crime actually occurred.
On Thursday, June 9, reports appeared on some online news portals and on social media that a nurse working in a prominent hospital in Kochi was brutally raped by the railway tracks running near the hospital on May 30.
According to these reports, she was allegedly raped by members of the hospital staff. The reports further alleged that the victim was given treatment by the hospital in secret, and the entire incident was covered up so that the name of the institution would not be tarnished.
No complaints were registered with the police from the side of the alleged victim, and the reports did not cite a definite source for the news.
However, a written complaint was submitted by Revolutionary Marxist Party (RMP) leader KK Rema to the state police chief, seeking an inquiry into the allegation.
Meanwhile allegations were made that the hospital referred to was Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences (AIMS) run by the Mata Amritanandamayi Trust. The hospital management denied all allegations through a media statement.
The management claimed that certain online media outlets were spreading false stories against the hospital.
However, prominent social activist P Geetha also became involved in the issue, when she made a statement to the media saying that certain powerful people are trying to cover up this heinous crime.
â€śI donâ€™t know who the victim is, I donâ€™t know what her name is and what is her condition now. But I know that some people are trying to hide this heinous crime from the public. May be that is why no relatives of hers gave a complaint,â€ť she told the media on Friday.
She also requested the police to register a suo motu case and begin an investigation.
On Saturday, Police Chief Loknath Behra announced an inquiry into the allegation and assigned ADGP Sreelekha IPS to study the complaints. However, the DGP told the media that police were unable to confirm whether such a crime actually took place.
Meanwhile, the United Nurses Association (UNA) has also submitted a petition to the Chief Minister's Principal Secretary to initiate a probe.
"The government considered the petition seriously and ADGP R Sreelekha contacted me. We want a fair probe since the rumour has created a panic among nurses in the state," UNA president Jasmin Shah told the media on Saturday.
In turn, the Chief Security Officer of AIMS has also registered a complaint under the IT Act against a Facebook group that alleged that the incident took place at AIMS.