Molestation Issue Sparks Uproar in LA

Jammu: Assembly witnessed uproar and noisy scenes over the issue of molestation of a medical student from Kargil by a senior doctor at Government Medical College (GMC) hospital in Jammu and later staged a walkout in protest against the government’s “failure” to take stern action against the accused.

Congress Legislative Party leader Nawang Rigzin Jora sought a reply on the action taken by the government in the case and why the accused doctor has not been terminated from services.

Opposition members from Congress and NC holding banners against the college management shouted slogans, “Mehbooba ke Sarkar mai Andera he andera hai”.

On December 20 a girl student hailing from Kargil, pursuing MBBS in GMC Jammu alleged that she was molested by Bhupesh Khajuria, Professor, Department of Forensic Medicine, Government Medical College.

Opposition demanded action and shouted slogans against Khajuria.

As the opposition National Conference  and Congress members were up in arms in support of the demand for termination of the doctor, Minister of State for Health Asiea Naqash intervened and told the House that the accused has been put under suspension and a probe has already been ordered. On this, the members of opposition hit out at the government for allegedly shielding the doctor and expressed dissatisfaction over the action taken against him. However, the Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Abdul Rehman Veeri asked them to calm down and said the government is awaiting the inquiry report and the matter is sub-judice.

Unsatisfied by the reply, NC and Congress staged a walkout from the House. The state government had constituted an inquiry committee to investigate the allegations of molestation against the accused.

Minister for Health and Medical Education Bali Bhagat had informed the Upper House in the first week of January that government has constituted an inquiry committee to investigate the incident.

The Health Minister informed the house that an FIR has already been registered against the accused, even as a departmental inquiry instituted to probe the allegations has been asked to submit its report within 10 days. The minister said the accused doctor has been put under suspension pending inquiry. He said the law will take its own course and the guilty will face action as per law.

The Jammu and Kashmir Government on Thursday placed the doctor under suspension a week after he was booked on charges of alleged molestation of a final year student of MBBS.

“Sanction is hereby accorded to the placement of Bhupesh Khajuria, Professor, Department of Forensic Medicine, Government Medical College, Jammu under suspension with immediate effect,” a government order read.

Khajuria, who was the Head of the Department of Forensic Medicine, was booked  on December 27 following a written complaint by the student.

She had alleged that the doctor called her to his room on the pretext of discussing the result of her examination and tried to molest her. She somehow managed to run out of his room and then contacted her parents.

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‘Govt trying to save molester’

Jammu: Coming down heavily upon the state government over the recent molestation case at the GMC here, senior Congress leader Nawang Rigzin Jora said the government was trying to save the accused. “Rather than giving justice to the brave girl, the entire government is trying to save the molester. Our demand is that the doctor should be terminated from service,” Jora said.

After repeated attempts of apprising the government, the Congress leader further expressed disappointment over the inaction shown by the government. “About fifteen-twenty days back, a medical student was molested by Forensic Sciences Head of the Department (HOD) Dr. Bhupesh Khijuria. We took the matter up with Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti.

All the 4 MLAs from Ladakh region apprised her of the matter. Subsequently, we also raised it in the assembly, that too twice. I went and met the governor as well,” he said. A Ladakhi student, pursuing medicine at the GMC in Jammu, was allegedly molested by the Head of the Department (HOD) of Forensics of the college on December 20th.

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