A woman was allegedly raped in a dark corridor of the state-run Osmania General Hospital (OGH) in Hyderabad by a 45-year-old ward attendant, who was arrested on Saturday by the police.
The police said that the woman had gone to the hospital for treatment on May 2 and the main accused has been identified as B Nagaraju.
What was even more tragic, was that the woman had visited the hospital on the night of May 2, at around 9 pm, after her husband had allegedly thrashed her.
The woman had approached the Banjara Hills police station to lodge a complaint against her husband, following which she was sent to the government hospital for treatment.
Speaking to reporters, ACP Sultan Bazaar, Dr Chetana Mylabathula, said, "After availing the treatment, the woman was sitting in the waiting hall and chatting with a stranger when Nagaraju, the ward boy approached her and said she was creating a nuisance. Nagaraju then took her to a secluded and dark place on the first floor where the OP is located and raped her. Later he told the home guard who was posted at the OGH police outpost about it. The latter allegedly assured Nagaraju that he will not escalate the information but will hush up the issue."
The accused also threatened the woman against telling anyone about the incident.
However, the survivor approached the Azalgunj police in Hyderabadâ€™s old city area on Friday and lodged a complaint.
She told the police that she did not know the identity of the accused but said that he was wearing an ear ring. This helped the police identify and nab the accused. The woman was also shown a photo of the accused and she confirmed his identity.
A case under Section 376 (Rape) and 116 (Abatement of offence punishable with imprisonment) of the IPC was registered.