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GMSH-16 Sexual Abuse Case: Accused doctor reinstated with a ‘strict warning’

Director’s order comes after legal committee report.

Written by TANBIR DHALIWAL | Chandigarh |
April 22, 2015 3:23:04 am
Gmsh-16 sexual abuse case, sexual abuse, Gmsh-16 sexual abuse, chandigarh news, city news, local news, chandigarh newsline The incident happened on April 4 afternoon in the duty room of the Trauma Centre.

The authorities of the Government Multi-Speciality Hospital, Sector 16, let off Dr Sandeep, who had been accused of sexual assault on a nurse, with a warning on Tuesday.

In an order, Director of Health Services V K Gagneja said, “Considering the observation of the committee, strict warning to be issued and suspension orders are to be revoked. Dr Sandeep, DNB student, to be reinstated with immediate effect.”

The director’s order came after the hospital’s legal committee submitted a report earlier in the day, after examining the report of the committee on sexual harassment which investigated the matter.

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Sources said that the legal committee noted that the complainant had submitted a report to the committee on sexual harassment, “wherein she has withdrawn the complaint without any pressure or fear’’.

The legal committee also noted, “However, Dr Sandeep, DNB student, has agreed that the stated incident did actually happen, but that was not his intention and he apologised for the same.’’

In view of these, the legal committee said that the DHS may pass “appropriate orders with regard to the punishment as deemed fit’’.

The incident happened on April 4 afternoon in the duty room of the Trauma Centre. The nurse was alone when Dr Sandeep allegedly held her hand and misbehaved with her. She ran out, shouting for help. In no time, other staff members gathered there.

The nurse lodged a complaint with Medical Superintendent Vandana Gupta on April 9. It was forwarded to the Director of Health Services on April 15 and he promptly suspended Dr Sandeep. The next day, the case was referred to the committee dealing with sexual harassment, which is chaired by Dr Nirlep Kaur, head of the Gynaecology Department.

All this while, the nurse reportedly kept getting calls from the doctor’s wife, requesting her to forgive Dr Sandeep and assuring good conduct by him in future. She told the nurse that otherwise her family, which included a child, would be ruined.

The nurse also feared that if her parents got to know about the incident, they would not allow her to continue working at the hospital, and she did not want to lose her job.

Last Friday, the doctor and the nurse appeared before the committee on sexual harassment. After hearing them, the committee submitted its report to the Medical Superintendent. On Monday, the DHS referred the matter to the legal committee for advice.

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