The Panvel Taluka police have arrested a 25-year-old man for allegedly raping a 40-year-old woman at a Covid-19 centre in Panvel, Navi Mumbai.
The woman had been at the centre for the past five days. The accused, a private firm employee, had been admitted to the centre only hours earlier on Thursday. He would visit his brother, a Covid-19 patient at the centre, regularly, when he got to know the victim, the police said. The accused had offered help to bring anything that the woman would need after he met her at the centre. After the acquaintance developed, the accused went on to take advantage of her.
The municipal corporation had acquired 1,000 apartments at the complex to isolate contacts of Covid-19 patients. Police said the accused was housed at an apartment on the second floor of a 15-storey building. On Thursday, around 6:30 pm he allegedly climbed to the fifth floor of the building where other people, including the woman, were placed in quarantine.
A senior Navi Mumbai Police official told The Indian Express that the man had entered the woman’s room and introduced himself as a doctor. “He raped the woman and returned to his room. The woman informed a nurse who came to check on her.”
The accused has been booked under charges of rape and molestation, cops said.
The woman has been found to be negative in the latest COVID test whereas the accused has tested positive. The accused has been placed under surveillance and he will be produced in a court after his quarantine period ends.