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Don't turn away rape, accident victims: Delhi HC

Posted on Jan 31, 02:53PM | IBNS

New Delhi, Jan 31 : The Delhi High Court on Thursday directed the government to ask all hospitals here to provide medical attention to rape and road accident victims.

The court said hospitals must be directed that they should not deny treatment to the victims in these cases.

"The Delhi High Court has ordered the government to ensure that all hospitals, including those that are privately owned, provide urgent medical attention to rape survivors or those injured in road accidents," NDTV reported.

"The court today said that the police must be given clear instructions to take those injured to the nearest hospital 'without any debate' to identify a government hospital that is nearby," the news channel said.

The matter will be further heard on Feb 28.

The court gave the directions in the wake of the Delhi gangrape incident that triggered nationwide outrage against rising cases of crime against women in India.

The software engineer, who was beaten up and stripped on Dec 16 night as he tried to prevent the six accused from raping and brutalizing his 23-year-old friend, earlier said on the night when the incident happened three police vans arrived at the scene after about 45 minutes and then started arguing over which police station's jurisdiction the case fell.

He alleged nobody, including the police, gave them clothes or called an ambulance.

"My friend was bleeding profusely. But instead of taking us to a nearby hospital, they (police) took us to a far away hospital," he said.

"Nobody from the public helped us. People were probably afraid that if they help us they would become witness to the crime and would be asked to come to police stations and courts," he said.

"Even at the hospital we were made to wait and I had to literally beg for clothes. I borrowed a stranger's mobile and called my relatives, but just told them that I met with an accident. My treatment started only after my relatives came," he said.