Ground Report News Desk | Hyderabad
On March 25th, a resident PG doctor from Mamata Medical College was allegedly assaulted by the police for stepping out for the duty amid the lockdown.
She was slapped by a male officer and asked to kneel down at the police station for hitting the officer in her defence. Not just that, she was also shamed for being out so late and dragged to the police van.
According to the report of BuzzFeed news The officer on duty asked the doctor why she was out during the curfew, she showed him the ID and told them that she is a doctor and going to her work, later police officer snatched her ID, looked at it and said, ‘But how do I know whether you’re a doctor or just going to meet some man at this time of the night?’
“I was so shocked when he hit me that I hit him back, almost as a defensive reflex,” she said. “At that point, he lost it. He grabbed my hair and dragged me into the Jeep, his fellow officers began hitting me across the thighs and legs with their batons. They groped me all over, including my private parts.”
That’s not the only case, Six phlebotomists across the cities like Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Visakhapatnam have been beaten up despite providing all the proof of them being doctors on duty to fight the virus that has put everyone in the lockdown.
She asked the officer to return her ID. Simultaneously, when she tried calling to the hospital for help, the officer snatched her phone, slapped her and used abusive words for her.
The total number of coronavirus cases in India has climbed to 724. More than 85 cases were reported from the various parts of the country on Thursday highest official single-day count so far. Out of the total patients, 677 are Indians and 47 are foreign nationals.
More than 500,000 people around the world have now contracted the new coronavirus. Over 83,000 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in the US, higher than China, Italy or any other country has seen . The US has recorded 1,178 deaths, while the global death toll stood at 23,293.
Starting from Tuesday midnight, India is under 21-day lockdown to contain the spread of coronavirus. Only the essential services like grocery shops, medical outlets remain functional during the lockdown.