Covid patient dies after being raped by a male nurse in Indian hospital as bosses accused of covering it up for a month

A COVID patient died 24 hours after she was raped by a male nurse in an Indian hospital.

The 43-year-old victim was put on a ventilator following the horrific attack at the Bhopal Memorial Hospital, in the Madhya Pradesh region.

The woman was a survivor of the Bhopal gas tragedy, which was considered to be considered one of the world's worst natural disasters and killed thousands in 1984.

She deteriorated rapidly after she told police about the vile attack.

The nurse, named as Santosh Ahirwar, 40, had reportedly abused another woman, 24, in the same hospital whilst he was on shift.

He had also been suspended previously for drinking.

The hospital is part of a collective managed by the government-run group BMHRC.

A group who represented victims of the Bhopal gas catastrophe said the hospital was in a "pathetic condition" and that BMHRC bosses should be held accountable.

The gas explosion claimed the lives of 15,000 people and exposed half a million to a toxic gas after a leak from a pesticide plant.

In a letter to officials, the group stated: "The BMHRC management has done everything in its power to push this heinous and criminal act under the rug and that is precisely the reason why the family of the rape victim was not even informed about the events."


Police stated that the victim had asked them to protect her identity and therefore did not let her family know.

Senior police officer Irshad Wali said: "That is why the information was not shared with anyone except the investigating team."

Survivors of the Bhopal gas tragedy are seven times more likely to die from Covid than other citizens – according to the group.

 They have called for CCTV to be installed in the hospital and for anyone with a history of sexual assault to be barred from working in hospitals.

This comes as India could hit a grim milestone of one million coronavirus deaths by July as mutant variants wreak havoc in the country.

It comes as health chiefs warn of an "inevitable" third wave of Covid as hospitals buckle under a “tsunami” of infections and soaring death numbers.

According to a prediction from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, the worst case scenario could see India's death toll top one million by July.

But even by the research centre's forecast based on current conditions, India is still on course to hit more than one million Covid deaths by August.

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The IHME believes in the worst case scenario, by July 1 the total number of fatalities from Covid will be 1,021,200, while "current projection" is that 961,692 deaths would have been recorded by this date.

By August 1, however, these figures increase to 1,121,974 and 1,018,878 respectively.

India is suffering from the world's worst second wave of Covid and even though it shows no sign of slowing, there are fears a third wave is due to hit.

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