Hyderabad: Hyderabad Police Commissioner Anjani Kumar has taken serious note of the police lapses leading to the alleged rape of a woman in the corridors of Osmania General Hospital in Hyderabad.
Unhappy with the incident Anjani Kumar today took to WhatsApp to convey his dissatisfaction to his subordinates. In an audio message sent to the entire city police force through WhatsApp, Anjani Kumar said the failure of the police in preventing the incident has brought a bad name to Hyderabad.
“Friends, I am Anjani Kumar, your police commissioner. You have seen the news in the papers of the incident which happened in the city. A lone woman went to Banjara Hills police station to lodge a complaint but you forgetting your responsibility sent her alone to Osmania Hospital at midnight and she was raped there. Even a home guard at the police outpost at the hospital was also a partner in the crime. It has brought a bad name and shame to Hyderabad police. My request to all of you … handle every case carefully and in a professional way. See to it that such incidents don’t recur. Jai Hind”.
Anjani Kumar sent the audio message to all the officers, men and women of the force two days after the outrage in which a woman was raped allegedly by a ward boy of Osmania Hospital in a desolate and dark corner of the hospital.
The woman was injured when her husband had beaten her up and she had gone to Banjara Hills police station on Thursday night to lodge a complaint. The policemen on duty sent her alone to Osmania General Hospital for medical examination as it was a medico legal case.
According to the assistant commissioner of police, Dr M Chetana, “after she was given treatment by the hospital staff and she was sitting in the waiting hall, a ward boy on duty Nagaraju approached her and took her to the secluded place on the first floor and raped her”.
After the incident when she approached the police outpost to lodge a complaint of the incident, the Home Guard on duty tried to scare her away and threatened her to keep quiet.
However, next morning when she lodged a complaint at the nearby Afzalgunj police station the police launched the investigation and identified Nagaraju as the accused.
Police said the woman identified him from the photographs of the hospital staff shown to her. The victim also identified him with the help of the ear ring he was wearing.
Police later arrested the accused ward boy and the home guard. Nagaraju was employed in the hospital for the last 15 years.
When asked how nobody noticed the crime and came to the rescue of the woman in the premier government hospital in Hyderabad, doctors said that in the vast building there were many dark and desolate spots which were not covered by CCTV cameras.
Nearly a century old building of the hospital was in a dilapidated condition due to the vagaries of weather and time and the state government was planning to bring it down to build a new tower.