A coronavirus disease (Covid-19) patient was allegedly sexually assaulted by an ambulance driver in central Kerala’s Pathanamthitta district on the way to a hospital on Saturday night, officials said.

警方称,据称一名新冠患者在周六晚间乘救护车前往医院的路上,在喀拉拉邦的Pathanamthitta中心区遭到救护车司机性侵。

Police said the suspect was arrested within hours of the crime, which has triggered an outrage and a political bickering in the Left-ruled state.

警方说,嫌疑人在案发数小时内就被逮捕。这起案件在这个左翼统治的邦引发了愤怒和政治争吵。

Two women from a family tested Covid-19 positive on Saturday evening and they were taken to a health facility in an ambulance, police said. There were no family members in the vehicle in accordance with protocols laid down by the Kerala government.

警方说,周六晚间,一个家庭的两名女性被检测出新冠呈阳性,她们已被救护车送往一家医疗机构。根据喀拉拉邦政府制定的规程,车上没有家庭成员。

While one of them was admitted to a dedicated Covid-19 facility, authorities advised the ambulance driver to take the second woman to another hospital --- just around 4km away.

虽然其中一名妇女已被送入新冠肺炎专用医疗设施,但当局建议救护车司机将第二名妇女送往仅距离4公里外的另一家医院。


But the driver took a detour and drove about 18km. On the way, he stopped the ambulance at a desolate place and raped the 22-year-old patient inside the vehicle, police said.

警方说,然而司机绕道行驶了大约18公里。在路上,他把救护车停在一个偏僻的地方,在车里强奸了这名22岁的病人。


State health and family welfare minister KK Shailaja called the incident “inhuman” and said “it should not have been happened”.

该邦卫生和家庭福利部长KK Shailaja称这一事件“不人道”,并表示“不应该发生”。

Police found that the 29-year-old suspect was involved in several criminal cases in the past, including a murder attempt.

警方发现,这名29岁的嫌疑人过去曾参与过几起刑事案件,包括一起谋杀未遂案。

Health officials said he was recruited on a temporary basis and that they were investigating how he got the job despite his criminal records. Officials in the health ministry said the department will order a probe.

卫生官员说,他是临时聘用的,他们正在调查他是如何在有犯罪记录的情况下得到这份工作的。卫生部官员说,该部将下令进行调查。

“It appears to be a planned crime. The driver took a circuitous route…We have collected all the evidence. We will fast-track the trial to hand out stringent punishment to the accused,” KG Simon, superintendent of police, Pathanamthitta, said.

“这似乎是一起有计划的犯罪。我们已经收集了所有的证据。我们将加快审判进程,对被告进行严厉的惩罚。”帕塔南蒂塔警司KG Simon说。


The opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) said the incident brought shame to the state. “We want the health minister to quit owning responsibility,” BJP state president K Surendran said.

该邦的反对党印度人民党表示,这起事件给这个邦带来了耻辱。“我们希望卫生部长引咎辞职,”该邦的人民党主席K Surendran说。

The accused, who is in quarantine, will be produced in a court through a virtual mode on Monday, police said.

警方表示,目前被隔离的被告将于周一通过虚拟模式(视频?)在法庭上出庭。

In the wake of the incident, health authorities gave strict instructions that every ambulance should have at least two employees and special care should be taken if there were women patients on board. They also sought the help of police to verify antecedents of all drivers.

事故发生后,卫生部门严格要求每辆救护车至少配备两名工作人员,如果车上有女性病人,应给予特别照顾。他们还向警方寻求帮助,以核实所有司机的身份。