Pune: Male staff kept harassing woman patient at COVID Centre, Police didn’t go due to ‘lack’ of PPE

Sinhgad road area
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Pune, 21 July 2020: A 29-year-old woman has lodged a complaint with the Pune city police alleging that male staff at the Sinhgad College COVID Care Centre tried to enter her room at night when she was alone. She was harassed for over six since midnight. She had called police control room but no help came as cops didn’t have personal protection equipment (PPE).

The woman and her husband were found positive with Coronavirus Disease (COVID19). They were quarantined at the Sinhgad College COVID Centre. However, after the condition of her husband deteriorated, he was shifted to Bharati Vidyapeeth hospital.

On the night of July 15, a male staff allegedly knocked on the door of her room several times. He also called on her phone many times. She was alone in the room. She didn’t open the door and dialed 100 for police help. However, nobody came and she was reportedly harassed till 5.30 am. She had also called her parents on the phone.

In the morning, she also complained to the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) staff but nobody did anything. Finally, she informed her cousin who contacted social worker Prashant Dhumal. They lodged a complaint with Bharosa Cell under Crime Branch.

Now Pune police and PMC has ordered a probe in the matter. The woman has been shifted to another building where she is staying with other inmates.