A TEENAGE girl was allegedly raped by an ambulance driver as she was taken to hospital for coronavirus treatment.
The 29-year-old ambulance driver is said to have launched the sex attack on the 19-year-old girl as she was driven to Covid-19 First-Line Treatment Centre in the Pathanamthitta district of Kerala, India.
Police said the girl was set upon after 10pm on Saturday night by a 29-year-old man named as V Noufal, reports The Bangalore Mirror.
Sources said a 19-year-old and a 42-year-old woman attended Adoor government general hospital after receiving positive test results for Covid-19.
Hospital bosses then instructed the ambulance driver to take the girl to an emergency treatment hospital due to a lack of bed space.
The woman was taken to the dsistrict hospital, after which the driver parked the vehicle in a concealed spot.
Local media reports the driver then removed his PPE and raped the girl, threatening her not to tell anyone.
Health Minister KK Shailaja described the attack as "inhuman".
She was then dropped in the nearby town of Pandalam, where she informed authorities of the attack.
The accused attacker has since been arrested.
It comes as India's coronavirus cases have spiralled, with the country overtaking Brazil becoming the second-worst affected nation in the world.
More than 3.8 million cases have been recorded following last week'#s record-breaking jump in coronavirus cases.
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