A YOUNG female patient in an Indian hospital was allegedly gang-raped by a doctor and staff and then murdered.
Shortly before she died, the 20-year-old reportedly called her parents to tell them she had been brutally sexually assaulted by the medic and other employees.
But when the woman’s dad told the management of the private hospital in Manjhanpur, in Uttar Pradesh, he was told his daughter was mentally ill, reports the Deccan Herald.
Following her death her father met the senior district officials and sought a probe into the matter.
Police are now investigating the suspected gang-rape and murder.
But the doctor and other staff who allegedly were involved in the savage attack were on the run, according to reports.
A senior district official in Kaushambi said: “We will take stern action against the accused persons.
“The license of the hospital will be cancelled.”
But hospital manager Sanjiv Kumar rejected the allegations and termed them as “conspiracy”.
We will take stern action against the accused persons.
Senior district official in Kaushambi
Rape and sexual violence has been under the spotlight in India since the 2012 gang rape and murder of a young woman in Delhi.
In recent years the country has become one of the world’s most dangerous places for women.
A rape occurs every 15 minutes and 90 each day on average — according to government data.
Large numbers are also feared to go unreported as women do not feel like they can go to the authorities.
Huge demonstrations have been held calling for action.
But although the authorities have responded with tougher penalties, India’s rape crisis shows no sign of abating.
In October a 17-year-old girl in India was kidnapped and repeatedly gang-raped over a 22-day period after she ran away from home.
She was snatched after she had left home following an argument with her parents in Cuttack, India.
The same month an Indian schoolgirl who had fallen pregnant after allegedly being raped by her blackmailing three cousins over a period of five months.
The 12-year-old victim was admitted to a hospital in India’s western Navsari district with a stomach ache where doctors found she was four months pregnant.
The previous month a 13-year-old girl was set on fire by her boss after he tried to rape her, police say.
The 26-year-old suspect, who is married with a pregnant wife, allegedly carried out the attack in Khammam town in the southern Indian state of Telangana on September 18.
The victim had been hired as a caretaker to look after a bed-ridden man in the house, Gulf News reports.
She was rushed to hospital with burns covering 70 per cent of her body after the assault.
Last year, a woman, 23, was set on fire by a gang of men in Uttar Pradesh as she travelled to court to press rape charges.