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Brief

– Gang raped victim denied treatment by doctor at Williamnagar Civil Hospital citing jurisdiction protocols

– Garo Students’ Union, FKJGP demand action against the doctor

– East Garo Hills DC has sought detailed report on the incident

– All four rape accused caught by police

Full Report

Following public outcry over the manner in which a young underage girl was brutally gang raped and even denied medical treatment by a doctor at Williamnagar Civil Hospital citing jurisdiction protocols, East Garo Hills DC, Swapnil Tembe has asked the superintendent of the hospital to find out the details of the incident and submit the report to him.

Already, there has been burning anger among the public and two student and social organizations from the region- Garo Students’ Union and FKJGP, have asked the government to take action against the accused doctor for denying treatment to the injured girl.

The two organizations on Tuesday lodged a complaint with the Deputy Commissioner, Swapnil Tembe highlighting the core issue of saving a child’s life. In their complaint, they mentioned that the first priority of the doctor should have been the health of the victim and not jurisdiction.

“We are shocked by the apathy shown by the doctor. He is here to save lives and not to judge the boundary and jurisdiction,” the organizations jointly stated. They also mentioned that such a terrible incident has brought bad light on the hospital and the district and a stern action needs to be taken if the doctor had been negligent in his duty.

The organizations urged Tembe to look into the matter and to take strong action if there was negligence on the part of the doctor.

The gruesome rape

The 14 –year-old girl was gang-raped on Sunday night in Nangalbibra region by four youths who accosted her when she went to a shop in the village to procure candles for her mother.

She was sexually assaulted in a school compound and the criminals were planning to commit a second crime in a graveyard when a patrolling police team from an anti-dacoity camp spotted them. The girl was rescued and the four accused were caught a few hours later.

Given her condition, the police team rushed her to Williamnagar civil hospital, barely 22 kms from Nangalbibra, but was turned away by the doctor on duty who cited jurisdiction issues.

She was ultimately made to travel 75 kms to Baghmara for medical treatment.

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