Thane: A young doctor was on Tuesday sentenced to life imprisonment by a local court for raping a 30-year-old woman patient in the Intensive Care Unit of a hospital at Navi Mumbai. Thane Additional Sessions Judge RD Sawant handed out the punishment to 26-year-old Dr Vishal Vanne, who was also fined with Rs 1,000 along with another three-month imprisonment in the 2010 case.
Additional Public Prosecutor Sandhya Bacchav told the court that it was on October 16, 2010 the rape survivor and her family including children, husband and a relative came to the Modern College grounds for Durga Pooja when she suffered uneasiness and was taken to the nearby Lotus Hospital in Vashi. That night she was admitted to the ICU as her condition worsened.
According to the complaint, the accused doctor was on night duty in the ward, where she was left alone with a staff nurse after a medical examination. As the staff nurse was suffering from asthma, the accused asked her to leave the ICU and take rest.
Thereafter, the doctor allegedly gave an injection to the patient, making her drowsy. The prosecution further told the court that after about two in the morning, the accused locked the door of the ICU from inside and raped the woman repeatedly.
The rape survivor, in her statement to the court, said as she was not well that night, she could not shout or scream for help. Next morning, when she narrated the incident to her husband, Vanne was handed over to the police.
The woman's husband told the court that on two occasions during the night, he wanted to enter the ICU to check on the condition of his wife but could not do so as the door was locked from inside and the curtains were also drawn. Another patient in the ICU was fast asleep in the room where the incident took place. The staff nurse, in her deposition, said she entered the ICU next morning around 5:30 am after she was driven out the night before.