Kerala police has arrested an ambulance driver for allegedly raping a 19-year-old coronavirus patient on her way to the hospital in Pathanamthitta. According to the Pandalam police station officials, the accused was assigned by the 108 ambulance service to take an elderly woman and the teen rape survivor to two different hospitals. However, after dropping off the elderly woman, the driver took the vehicle to an isolated location to rape the young woman.

“The ambulance driver diverted the vehicle towards an empty ground and raped the young woman,” the police said as per the victim’s complaint.

The accused has been fired from the job at 108 ambulance service and further investigation in the matter is underway.

Kerala Health Minister KK Shailaja expressed shock at the incident and asked the police to take strict action against the accused driver.

This is not the first time when a COVID-19 patient had to face sexual assault. In July, two men were arrested in Delhi for allegedly raping a coronavirus patient at a COVID-19 Care Centre. She was also a teenager.

Kerala was the first Indian state to record a COVID-19 case and it is now witnessing a second wave of deadly virus with highest single day spike of 2,655 cases on Saturday.