Rewari gangrape case: Anil Vij accuses Hooda, Dalal of meeting rape victim without doctor’s consent, talks of action

By: | Published: September 17, 2018 10:27 PM

Haryana Health Minister Anil Vij said Monday that necessary action would be taken against former chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda and opposition MLA Karan Singh Dalal for allegedly meeting the Rewari gang rape survivor "without the consent of doctors".

Vij alleged the two Congress leaders had “threatened” the doctors attending on her. (File photo)

Haryana Health Minister Anil Vij said Monday that necessary action would be taken against former chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda and opposition MLA Karan Singh Dalal for allegedly meeting the Rewari gang rape survivor “without the consent of doctors”.

Vij alleged the two Congress leaders had “threatened” the doctors attending on her.

Dalal, however, trashed Vij’s charges and said he and Hooda had gone to the hospital along with the woman’s mother. Hitting out at the state government, Dalal said instead of focussing on law and order it was trying to impose a ban on opposition leaders meeting the woman or her family.

Hooda and Dalal, who is the Congress MLA from Palwal, met the woman’s family in Rewari on Sunday. They also went to the hospital to enquire about her health.

Vij claimed even though doctors informed the two Congress leaders that the woman was not fit to interact with them, they met her in the civil hospital in Rewari.

“This is against the protocol. They also threatened the doctors,” Vij claimed in an official release here.

The minister said even the police cannot take the statement of a victim without the consent of doctors.

“But Mr Hooda and Mr Dalal have done this, and knowingly violated the rules. Necessary action would be taken against them after investigation,” Vij added.

When contacted, Dalal said they went to the hospital with the mother of the rape survivor. He trashed the allegation that he or Hooda had “threatened” the doctors there.

“The mother of the woman took us and we went to enquire about her health. Moreover, the chief medical officer also did not raise any objection. We were inside the hospital for a few minutes and when we saw she was sleeping, we came out,” Dalal said.

So, this makes it clear that we did not go inside without anyone not permitting or raising any objection, he said.

“Secondly, from where does the issue of threatening the doctors arise. Mr Vij is just making wild allegations,” the Congress leader said.

Dalal said rather than admitting the state government’s failure to tackle the law and order situation in the state, “BJP Ministers are now trying to impose a ban on opposition leaders meeting the woman or her family.”

Meanwhile, the Rewari district authorities said that to prevent any adverse impact on the psychological health of the victim, only close relatives would be allowed to meet her.

“We took the step keeping in view the severe trauma which the victim has undergone. We thought allowing unrestricted access to visitors, be it her relatives (other than close kin) or others, will not be good for her psychological health,” Rewari Deputy Commissioner Ashok Kumar Sharma said.

He said that since the victim had gone through acute physical and mental trauma, allowing several visitors to meet her will not help her psychological state.

“We all want to help her come out of this trauma as early as possible. As long as she is in the hospital, we thought this would be the best thing to do,” he said.

Sharma said apart from the doctors who are attending to her, only her parents or any other close kin will be allowed to sit with her.

The survivor, a 19-year-old woman, a school topper, hailing from Rewari was abducted from a bus stop in Kanina town in Mahendragarh district on Wednesday when on way to a coaching class. She was allegedly drugged and gang-raped at a room adjoining a tubewell in an agricultural field, police said.

Police have so far arrested three persons, including one prime accused, while two key accused are absconding.

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