Guwahati/IBNS: The Assam Pradesh Congress Committee on Monday strongly condemned the shocking incident of the rape of a woman from the tea garden community while returning home from a hospital after testing COVID-19 negative in Borhaat Nagamaati area of Sonari constituency in Charaideo district.
In a press statement the Assam Pradesh Congress Committee said that the women belonged to the backward tea garden community and it exposes the apathy of the BJP government towards women from tea garden and those belonging to backward communities.
“The Assam government should immediately take action and apprehend the culprits. It has come to our knowledge that the rapists have not yet been caught and are running scot free,” said in the press statement.
The Assam Pradesh Congress Committee also said that, the most surprising fact is that the hospital authorities of Sapekhati Model Hospital could not provide an ambulance to drop the woman and her daughter who were COVID-19 patients and were released after they turned negative.
“The mother, daughter were left to fend for themselves when lockdown was in place. Isn't it the responsibility of the hospital and local authorities to see to it that the woman and her daughter reached their home safely,” said in the press statement.
“When the Union government had sanctioned Rs 15,000 crore as Emergency Fund for Corona and Rs 35,000 crore for vaccines, when people of India are going all out to donate to PM Cares Fund and when people of Assam have also donated generously to CM Relief Fund for Corona why are hospitals running without ambulances?
"A few days back BJP MLA of Khumtai Mrinal Saikia had also tweeted that Golaghat Civil Hospital refused to take two COVID-19 patients to the hospital and he had to arrange an ambulance himself. So this is the actual ground situation of health infrastructure and COVID-19 management in Assam. The crime against women in Assam has been highest in the country for last three consecutive years. The incidents of crime against women are growing unabated.
"If the government remains silent and doesn’t take strong concrete steps the safety of our women and girls are at great risk. Is this why the women of Assam voted for the BJP? A government that cannot ensure safety of its women and children has no basic right to remain in power,” said in the Assam Pradesh Congress Committee press statement.