Doctor Accuses LD MS of Sexual Harassment

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GMC Constitutes Inquiry Committee; Dissolves It In Hours

SRINAGAR:  Principal Govt Medical College Srinagar Saturday constituted an inquiry committee to probe the allegations of sexual harassment against Medical Superintendent Lal Ded Hospital Dr Mushtaq Ahmed Rather.

CNS quoting sources said that a Resident Medical Officer (name withheld) deputed to Lal Ded Hospital filed a complaint before GMC Principal, Dr Muhammad Rafiq Pampori alleging that MS Lal Ded Hospital sexually assaulted her in his office chamber. 

Sources in LD Hospital said that para medical staff was stunned and surprised after a female doctor who is RMO came out from the MS chamber fuming and weeping on Friday evening alleging that Dr Mushtaq harassed her sexually. 

“It is not the first incident in our hospital. Whenever such incidents occur we are forced to keep our mouths shut, but this time we are not going to listen from such debauch doctors,” one of the staffer said. 

After receiving the complaint from the RMO, GMC Principal ordered an inquiry by a committee headed by Dr Parvez Shah to probe the allegations. 

Dr Shahnaz Teing and Dr Waseem Quereshi have been nominated as the two other members of the inquiry committee. 

Despite repeated attempts GMC Principal did not pick up the phone. However, HoD, Lal Ded Dr Taing confirmed that she was appointed as one of the members of the committee to probe the allegations. However, she said that one of the committee members informed her that RMO has taken her complaint back and accordingly the inquiry committee has been dissolved. 

“I was appointed as one of the members to probe the allegations however, I was informed verbally that inquiry committee no longer exists as the complainant has taken her complaint back,” Dr Shehnaz Taing said.

The committee headed by Dr Parvez Shah however said that he has not received any official communication about the dissolution of the inquiry committee. “Committee still stands and hopefully we would start enquiry from Monday. I assure you that committee would come up with a fair report and the guilty would be punished,” Shah said. 

One of the doctors of Medical College said that it was surprising to observe that Committee to investigate sexual harassment was dissolved within hours. “What prompted RMO to take back her complaint is a million dollar question. It is not the question of dissolution and constitution of inquiry committee but what is important that ‘episode’ has occurred in an institution which is sacred to all,” he said. 

Meanwhile, MS Lal Ded Hospital Dr Mushtaq Rather termed these allegations baseless and said that most of the RMO’s in hospital were females who frequently complain about many issues. “It is baseless and I have not done anything wrong. I don’t understand what you are talking about as I don’t know anything about the issue,” Rather said. (CNS)  

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