Hospital Staffers Arrested After Sedated Patient Gang Raped
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A female patient was in an intensive care unit of a hospital in India when she was allegedly sedated and attacked by a group of medical staff.
The 29-year-old woman was admitted to the medical facility in Meerut, Uttar Pradesh, on Sunday after experiencing breathing problems.
A nurse allegedly injected the patient with a sedative, putting her to sleep, before three men raped her, according to the Indian Express.
The woman's husband told police that his wife woke up to find a ward boy on her bed. He fled the unit when she screamed for help.
Three men and a woman have been arrested, including the nurse who issued the injection, while the hospital owner has also been questioned by police.
Officials said they tried to go through CCTV footage to establish exactly what happened, but the cameras were switched off at the time of the alleged incident.
The shocking allegations come just weeks after a number of videos showing sexual assaults on college girls were posted online.
The footage prompted a wave of student protests in India's southern state of Tamil Nadu -- campaigners demanded police immediately investigate the assaults and provide protection for the victims.
While in April 2018, eight men, accused of raping and murdering an eight-year-old girl, pleaded not guilty to the horrific crime. Thousands of Indian women took to the streets in protest.
Protests like these are becoming increasingly common in India as women break their silence and report crimes against them.
The number of cases reported to police surged by 83 per cent from 2007 to 2016, with four rape complaints made every hour, according to Reuters.
"The need of the hour is to help other victims break their silence and come forward with their complaints," said Henri Tiphagne, director of human rights' charity People's Watch. "We need to create a safe atmosphere for the other victims".