Pune: In a shocking incident, a wardboy working in Ratna Memorial Hospital on Senapati Bapat Road has been accused by three women including a staff nurse and two female relatives of a patient, of molesting them in the wee hours of Monday.
The women claimed that around 4 am, the wardboy Ravi Chaughule entered the female general ward and molested two women who were sleeping next to their relatives who were admitted in the hospital. A staff nurse who was sleeping in the ward claimed she was molested too.
The relatives claimed that initially, the hospital authorities tried to hush up the matter but the victims decided to lodge a complaint of molestation with Chaturshrugi police station.
In one case, a victim’s six-month-old son suffering from diarrhoea was admitted in general ward for the past three days. Her husband said, “I was sleeping outside the ward. The lights had been switched off and I heard a staff nurse shouting at someone. I saw a ward boy who was under the influence of liquor. I nabbed him and slapped him assuming he was a thief. Later, the nurse claimed that she was molested and he was trying to be physical with her when she was sleeping on the counter. Later, my wife claimed that she had felt him feeling her as well and when she had asked him, the wardboy had claimed he had mistaken her to be the patient.”
The victim’s husband claimed that they demanded that urine and blood tests be carried out to determine whether he was under influence of liquor. “I was about to inform the police but senior staff nurse suggested not to as it would affect other patients. I presumed they would take action but they let the wardboy go. Later, the hospital authorities tried to settle the issue but I wanted to teach him a lesson as there are chances that in the past too he might have been involved in similar incidents. Hence we approached the police.”
Meanwhile, another patient’s relative who is a student said that her sister underwent an operation at the hospital and was kept under observation. “I was sleeping near my sister’s foot. On two occasions I noticed that someone is touching me but thought that it might be a mice and later someone tried to pull me. When I got up I couldn’t find anyone.”
Dr V Datar, administrator of the hospital, said, “The incident is very shocking. We have approached the police and also scrutinized the CCTV cameras. We found the wardboy roaming in the corridor which was female ward and he wasn’t on duty there. We will terminate him and support the police investigation.”