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Unsafe, even at familiar hospital

- Woman attacked after looking up father, brother beaten up for helping her

Rampurhat, Feb. 25: A 28-year-old woman has alleged that a group of five youths molested her in the Rampurhat subdivisonal hospital compound last night and beat up her brother with rods when he prevented their attempt to drag her into their car.

The Birbhum incident occurred within hours of a similar complaint against a Trinamul leader and his aides in Barasat, 250km away.

According to a complaint lodged at Rampurhat police station last night, the victim, the daughter of a Group D employee at the hospital blood bank, had gone there with her father’s dinner and medicines around 10pm.

While returning, police said, she was stopped near the building housing the emergency ward by the five youths who came in an Alto.

“The youths came out of the car and tried to drag me inside. I resisted. They molested me and tore a part of my sari. I shouted for my brother who was waiting for me near the hospital gate a few metres away. He came running to my rescue but they beat him with rods and sticks. All the five were drunk,” the mother of an eight-year-old daughter said.

The woman’s 26-year-old brother, who owns an ambulance in Rampurhat, was injured in his left arm.

“We have done an X-ray of his arm. There is no fracture. He has been advised rest,” a doctor who examined him at the Rampurhat hospital said.

The woman has named the five youths in the FIR. The police said they were locals.

Birbhum district superintendent of police, Murlidhar, said: “We raided the houses of the five accused last night. But all of them had fled. We are trying to locate the car.”

According to the police, the woman lives with her husband in Burdwan and had come to her father’s house for a week.

Today, the woman’s brother said he knew all the five alleged molesters. “Three of them work as touts at the hospital. Two others are drivers at a travel agency.”

Employees of the Rampurhat hospital, all of whom requested anonymity, said the facility had become a den of anti-socials at night.

“We find drunkards loitering in and around the hospital compound. At times, when they pass our quarters, they hurl abuses. We feel scared at night to walk to the hospital from our quarters though it is just a kilometre away,” a nurse said.

Asked about this, hospital superintendent Himadri Haldar said: “I have been informed about last night’s incident. I will urge the police to ensure proper security inside the hospital compound.”