Kerala: Woman doctor stabbed to death by accused brought for medical checkup

10 May, 2023 | Vaishali Sharma

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A female doctor on duty at a govt hospital in Kerala was stabbed to death on Wednesday by a schoolteacher who was brought to the facility by the police for a medical examination.

A woman doctor on duty at a government hospital in Kerala’s Kollam district was stabbed to death on Wednesday by a schoolteacher who was brought to the facility by the police for a medical examination.
According to police, the incident occurred at the government taluk hospital in Kottarakkara. The doctor died of stab wounds after being admitted to a private hospital in Thiruvananthapuram this morning.

According to police, the incident occurred today at 4.30 a.m. when S Sandeep (42) unexpectedly stabbed house surgeon Vandana Das (23) while she was dressing his wounds.

Sandeep, a schoolteacher, was arrested from his home on Tuesday night following a brawl with his neighbours. When he became violent, police took him to a government hospital for a mandatory medical checkup.

Sandeep, who was reportedly receiving treatment in a deaddiction centre, stabbed Vandana six times in the abdomen and back after grabbing scissors from the dressing room.
He also assaulted other people and vandalised the hospital. According to police, a home guard and a sub-inspector were also stabbed.

According to doctors at the private hospital where Vandana Das was taken immediately after the incident, the stab wounds were so deep that she suffered a lung injury.

Indian Medical Association(IMA) and Kerala Government Medical Officer’s Association (KGMOA) said they will boycott the non-essential duties on Wednesday as a mark of protest.

Meanwhile, Kerala High Court will hold a special sitting on this incident. While announcing the decision, a division Bench comprising Justice Devan Ramachandran and Justice Kauser Edappagath expressed shock at this incident.

Union Minister V Muraleedharan tweeted, “Shocked to learn about the brutal murder of Dr Vandana Das & attack on Hospital Staff in Kottarakkara. Atrocious that dreaded Criminals are cut loose, endangering the lives of Life Savers. Deeply concerned about the safety of Doctors & healthcare workers in Kerala.”

“The apathy & callousness of @pinarayivijayan & the misgovernance of @CPIMKerala is tarnishing that image & bringing disrepute to the State. It’s a disgrace that @pinarayivijayan Govt can’t keep our Doctors Safe,” the Union Minister posted.

Kerala Congress chief K Sudhakaran expressed shock at the incident and demanded that the ruling CPI(M) dismiss the “incompetent home minister”.

“A heinous act of violence claims the life of a promising young doctor, stabbed to death by a patient in police custody at a government hospital in Kerala,” Sudhakaran tweeted.

“The alarming rise in attacks across the state is unacceptable. @cpimspeak must display political integrity and immediately dismiss the incompetent Home Minister responsible for this failure to ensure safety and dignity in the workplace,” he added. 

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