With the 19-year-old dalit rape victim of Pipli struggling for survival at the SCB Medical College Hospital in Cuttack,the Odisha State Commission for Women (SCW) has held doctors responsible for the teenager’s deteriorated health condition.
“Had the proper steps been taken in due time by the physicians of different hospitals,the health condition of the victim would not have deteriorated,” SCW chairperson Jyoti Panigrahi said in the inquiry report submitted to the state government.
Suggesting the state government to take doctors to task for negligence,Panigrahi said had the doctors informed the police about the health condition of the girl,steps could
have been taken immediately.
She also suggested that state take action against the doctors for discharging the victim from SCB Medical College Hospital on December 14,2011 when she was not cured,rather her condition was serious.
The girl was allegedly raped at her native village of Arjungada in Puri district on November 28,2011. Her family members had rushed her to Pipli government hospital after finding her in unconscious state in a paddy field. The doctors there referred her to the Capital Hospital in Bhubaneswar for treatment.
The Capital Hospital in turn referred her to the SCB Medical College Hospital in Cuttack due to lack of infrastructure to treat the patient. The girl was admitted at
the SCB hospital and discharged before being cured.