In a shocking incident, a lab technician from Maharashtra’s Amravati district was arrested on charges of rape after he took swab samples from a woman”s private parts when she went there for coronavirus testing.
Identified as Alpesh Deshmukh, the lab technician allegedly collected the coronavirus sample on July 28.
The complainant worked at a mall in Amravati. After one of the staff members there tested positive for coronavirus on July 24, nasal swabs of 20 to 25 other staff members, including the complainant, were taken at a testing centre in the district on Tuesday, Badnera police station’s inspector Punjabrao Vanjari said.
After taking the nasal swab of the complainant, the lab technician allegedly also took swab sample from her private parts, he said.
“A person working in a mall in the Badnera area had tested positive for COVID-19 on July 24. Following that, persons who came in contact with that person were asked to undergo COVID-19 testing. They went for testing on July 28. Accused lab technician Alpesh Deshmukh took a swab from the nose of the victim woman and said she had tested COVID-19 positive. Later, he called the victim woman and took a swab from her private parts, and said that she had tested negative,” Panjabrao Vanjari, Police Inspector, Badnera Police Station told ANI.
The woman informed about the incident to her brother, after which both brother and sister reached out to the police station to register a complaint against the accused under the relevant IPC section.
State Woman and Child Development Minister Yashomati Thakur expressed shock over the incident, that took place on Tuesday, and said strict action will be taken against the technician.
Minister Yashomati Thakur said Amravati Collector Shailesh Naval has informed that the accused technician has been arrested by Badnera police.
“The technician has been booked under IPC Sections 354 and 376, and he will not be spared. Such a test is not done and this is an atrocity (against the woman),” she said.