A 14-year-old girl receiving treatment for the COVID-19 virus at a care center was sexually assaulted inside a bathroom, according to reports.
India Today reports that the incident took place on July 15 at the Sardar Patel COVID Care Centre in south Delhi. The girl and her family were patients at the center, which was set up earlier this month for mild or asymptomatic patients who cannot afford home isolation.
The suspect, identified only as a 19-year-old male, along with another unnamed suspect, allegedly followed the girl as she went to the bathroom, then attacked her. Both suspects were arrested, although NDTV reports that only one of them sexually assaulted the victim. The other suspect, according to what the victim told police, recorded the assault on his cellphone.
“The two have been arrested and sent to judicial custody. We are investigating the matter further,” a senior police officer explained, adding that authorities seized the suspect’s cellphone.
The case was registered under “section 376 (punishment for sexual assault) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the relevant provisions of the Protection Of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act,” according to Firstpost.
Following the incident, the victim was transferred to another medical center.
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