TOI’s report on June 28. (Top) St George's Hospital near CST
Mumbai:The molestation case involving a doctor from St George’s Hospital is now one of technical rape. Also, the police have issued a lookout notice against the accused, Akshay Ahirrao (28), to the country’s airports.
A police source said the doctor had used his hand inappropriately on the girl. Deputy commissioner of police Ravindra Shisve said, “After recording the victim’s statement, we changed the charge against the doctor from molestation to rape. Our teams have gone to Ulhasnagar, where Ahirrao stays.” Apart from the Indian Penal Code, the police have applied sections from the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act in the case.
Ahirrao had planned to leave for Singapore on June 29, a source said. “He was in Delhi after an FIR was filed against him for molesting a Class IX student, who is 14 years old. He is believed to have contacted the Medical Council of India.”
The incident took place on June 22, when the victim had gone to the hospital for a checkup as she had high fever. “He called her into the checking room while there was no female staff present. Only her grandmother was standing nearby,” the victim’s relative had earlier told TOI. “The doctor molested the girl and seeing this, her grandmother fell sick and had to be admitted to ICU.”
The hospital’s superintendent Dr J B Bhawani said Ahirrao was sacked as soon as the hospital received a complaint regarding the matter.
The Times of India, June 29, 2012