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Mrunal Manmay Dash

Kendrapara: The Aul police in the district arrested a youth on Monday for allegedly outraging the modesty of a woman patient admitted at the Community Health Centre (CHC) by posing as a doctor.

The accused has been identified by police as one Dipak Mohanty from Bada Ambila village.

As per reports, a middle-aged woman from Aragala Sasan village was admitted to the Aul CHC after she complained of loose motion and vomiting.

As per the allegations, Dipak, who allegedly impersonated a doctor, visited the ward at 11pm last night. He allegedly groped the woman and tried to outrage her modesty while pretending to treat her.

However, he fled the spot after the patient resisted his advances and cried out for help.

Following the incident, her husband lodged an FIR at the Aul police station after which the police checked the CCTV footage of the hospital and arrested Dipak from his village in Bada Ambila.

Narrating her ordeal, the victim said, “A man came last night and identified himself as a doctor. He then tried to grope me on the pretext of checking. He left the place when I stopped him.”

When asked about the incident, Shweta Nayak, the Medical In-Charge of Aul CHC said, “So many people are visiting the hospital and therefore, it is difficult for us to identify who is an attendant of a patient and who is not. After I checked the patient last night, another person went up to her and told her that I had sent him to ‘check’ her condition. He introduced himself as a doctor from Govindpur. Later, when the accused told the patient's husband to move out of the room, the woman got suspicious of him.”

Salil Pradhan the Inspector-In-Charge (IIC) of Aul Police Station said, “After registering the complaint, we formed two different teams and searched several places before finally nabbing him from Bada Ambila village. A case has been registered under IPC Sections 170, 419/420, 376/294, 506 against the accused who has been forwarded to a court.”

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