Rape highlights loose ends in hospital security
TIMES NEWS NETWORK[ MONDAY, MAY 17, 2004 12:31:57 AM ]
NEW DELHI : Even as the ubiquitous security staff on its premises ensure safety in the Safdarjung hospital, it's the dangers from within which they find more difficult to contend with.
The fact that Ravi Kumar, the doctor who allegedly raped his 16-year-old patient in his hostel room, kept her confined to his room for more than 48 hours without anybody noticing it has stirred a hornet's nest on the hospital security.
According to the security staff, they are not allowed to monitor the activities of the hostel inmates, no matter what the circumstances.
"Our role is limited to ensuring there is no fracas on the premises. In fact, we can't even question any stranger entering the hostel. There is no record of the people who leave and enter the hostel," said a security staff.
The hostel in which the alleged rape took place houses about 90 two-room flats. Many of them are occupied by bachelors who apparently look upon any questioning by the security staff as intrusion into their privacy.
According to police sources, a security staff had been manhandled by the hostellers a few days ago after he tried to prevent them from carrying booze into the hostel.
In another incident recently, a few staff of the hospital had been detained by the police after they clashed with each other.
According to sources, Kumar was not even entitled to the hostel room in which he was staying. The medical superintendent of the hospital, R N Salhan, admitted that interns are not allotted these rooms.
"There is a shortage of rooms and that's why interns are generally not put up here. I have asked the hostel warden to conduct an inquiry into what exactly happened," said Salhan.
May 17, '04
I am not familiar with what is being described here...
Is the hostel like an apartment building? I can't see what this has to do with hospital security unless there is something different about the word usage of hostel in this case that I am missing...are these housing unit provided by the hospital? Even so, I can't see how hospital security would be able to ensure complete security unless all the rooms were big glass boxes.