Thane, Dec 28 : The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Thursday took suo motu cognizance of the molestation incident which reportedly took place in the intervening night of December 21-22 in the Intensive Care Unit(ICU) of the Kalwa-based civic hospital of this district.
According to reports, the accused Dinesh Koli(39),who is now under police arrest, worked as a contract-based sweeper at the hospital and last week allegedly tied the hand of a 14-year-old girl undergoing treatment for seizures and sexually assaulted her.
At the time of incident, the accused was sighted by the patient at the next bed and subsequently others pinned down the accused owing to the alarm raised by the minor victim.
As the incident came to light, the hospital management lodged a complaint with the Kalwa Police Station which then booked the accused under section 354 of the IPC along with the relevant sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences(POCSO) Act,2012.
If the incident as suggested in the media reports turns out to be true,the NHRC has termed it as a gross human rights violation.
In the same regards, the NHRC has issued notice to the Maharashtra Chief Secretary for providing a detailed report within four weeks.
The notice further stated,"The Commission would also like to know whether such incidents have occurred in the past in any of the government hospitals if yes, what steps have been taken by the authorities to ensure safety and security of the indoor patients at the government run hospitals."
Commenting on the molestation case, the Civic Hospital Superintendent Rajiv Korde said that a serious note of the incident has been taken and the management has warned the hospital staff, including the odd-jobs workers that such unpleasant incident should not be repeated. (UNI)