The surging pandemic should have, by now, evoked at least a sense of compassion amongst fellow citizens. However, the case in the country seems to be the opposite with increasing instances of violence, especially against women. On Sunday, yet another act of brutality during this perilous time has come to light in Maharashtra.

At a quarantine centre in Thane, Maharashtra. a 27-year old attendant has allegedly raped a woman at the facility. The incident took place in the month of June when the woman was attending to one of her 11-year-old relative at the centre. The police have looked into the matter and immediately arrested the accused based on the statement by the woman.

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The woman was at the quarantine centre with her 10-month-old baby, tending to her relative. The accused had entered the room at night saying that he was delivering hot water. Later, he had made moves against her and raped her on three different occasions, according to the statement.

Earlier, the woman had hesitated to lodge a complaint on the attendant fearing the consequences her family would have to bear. However, on Saturday she registered a complaint against him following which police have arrested him. Sources indicate that the police have charged him under Indian Penal Code Section 376 (rape) and other provisional charges.

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