Pathanamthitta: The 19-year-old COVID patient who was sexually assaulted in an ambulance by its driver two weeks ago attempted suicide on Thursday.
She attempted suicide by hanging herself in the washroom of the hospital and was rescued by the hopital security staff who broke open the door. A duty nurse had alerted others as she spoke of committing suicide.
She was under treatment at the Kottayam Medical College Hospital.
The police had earlier revealed that the investigation team could not get a statement from the patient following the trauma in the ambulance as she was mentally disturbed after the incident.
A psychiatrist had been assigned for her counselling.
Ambulance driver, Naufal (29), of Panaykkachira house, Kirikadu south, Kayamkulam, brutally assaulted the 19-year-old COVID patient on September 5 while taking her to hospital. He assaulted her at midnight at a deserted place in Aranmula.
Naufal was a driver in the '108' ambulance scheme, a part of the 'Kaniv' project of the health department. He was arrested after the incident. He has previously faced an attempt-to-murder case.
The victim recorded Naufal pleading with her after the attack to not tell anyone about the incident. In the audio clip, which the victim recorded without Naufal’s knowledge and which has been handed over to the police, he says he will lose his job if the incident is made public.
(Suicide is not a solution to any problem. Seek the help of psychiatrist, if needed. Helpline numbers: 1056, 0471- 2552056)