EDITORIAL

Sinister Minister!

Monday, February 10, 2014

A doctor is a life-saver, care-giver, God in human form and what not! It is the noblest of professions, one which needs lifelong dedication and millions of sacrifices on one’s part. They work and serve with no fixed hours, often leading to zero personal life. Yet their own profession at times is unable to save them from the monstrous activities by the very mankind in whose service their lives are dedicated. The recent alleged molestation of a lady doctor by none other than the Jammu and Kashmir Minister of State for Health, Shabir Ahmad Khan, comes in barely after a month of the incidence of thrashing of a junior doctor by a police inspector and his subordinates at the Solapur government medical college. What is really shocking is that these are the same ministers whom we have elected and on whose names bills against sexual harassment and for providing basic security at work place are passed. Plans and programmes such as Gender Sensitization etc are drafted with an assumption of a need for these only at the lower levels of work. High profiled Ministers in India are as if immune to them!

The whole medical world should join hands to condemn such a perverse act. It should not simply be plastered by the resignation of the accused. What is required is a swift and prompt enquiry into the incidence and necessary steps taken to punish the offender and ensure that justice is delivered. Such measures are necessary to deter any such untoward incidences in the future. This is not to be seen as an isolated incidence but one which reflects huge loopholes in our system for security of the lives and dignity of individual doctors.

According to reports, the police filed a case of molestation against the health minister on Thursday only on the directions of Chief Judicial Magistrate Rajiv Gupta, though the doctor had approached them for three consecutive days. The police, of course, denied these accusations. Once again these allegations reflect the casual attitude of the police and the government towards such incidences. As if physical abuse and humiliation of doctors by some of the patients’ relatives, policemen etc were not enough already, here is an abuse of a doctor in another nerve-wrenching avatar! Only strict and exemplary action against the accused and urgent steps to ensure safety of doctors can help restore doctors’ faith that they are themselves secured first to be able to take care of the ailing masses.

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8 Comments »

Comment by D.S.Sheriff. Editor
2014-02-11 02:58:59

At a time when media’s attention is focused on rape and its wide spread TV coverage it has created a need for proper sex education and awareness regarding sexual offenders. If a Minister of Health is caught in molesting a fellow lady doctor a shameful abominable act such an act needs to be condemned and punished. There is a dire need for educating the common man about facts related to sex and human sexuality. Information given regarding these facts must be blunt and told in no uncertain terms. Doctors who are notorious for such aberrant sexual activities must be psychologically evaluated to certify whether they are psychologically competent and fit to treat patients irrespective of their gender.
Indian doctors command respect and revered by all including national and international patients.
It is high time that a nation known for its cultural diversity and moral consciousness rise to the occasion to protect women from such sexual offences. India is the cultural capital of the world and spiritual haven for international community. The greatness of our nation must not be darkened by such shameful acts of human indignity.

 
Comment by Dr Neeraj Nagpal
2014-02-11 08:48:56

Dear Mr D S Sheriff
I am shocked and surprised at your statement ” Doctors who are notorious for such aberrant sexual activities must be psychologically evaluated to certify whether they are psychologically competent and fit to treat patients irrespective of their gender” What exactly are you saying ? Here a lady doctor has been victim of sexual advances and molested by a minister and you seem to say that doctors are used to such aberrant sexual activities!!!!. If you cannot sympathize with the victim kindly do not rub salt on wounds. We will keep a careful eye on the developments and if they do not move on expected lines will will approach the honourable HC in a PIL to issue directions to the Police.I also request doctors of J & K Medical Association as well as the lady doctor to remain in touch will us and update us regarding the case.
Dr Neeraj Nagpal
Convenor
Medicos Legal Action Group
09316517176 hopeclinics@yahoo.com

 
Comment by Prof.Dr.Alexander John
2014-02-11 09:58:25

Those who make the laws and those who are supposed to enforce these laws are the ones who break them first and break them most.
Make every effort to spot the culprits and ensure that they are never ever given a chance to sit in the offices that they held while committing the crime or any office that matters .
All people concerned should join hands and fight evil of every sort and the sooner this happens, the better .

Prof.Dr.Alexander John, AIMS, Kochi

 
Comment by Mahesh Sinha
2014-02-11 11:24:47

those who are enjoying power – minister, bureaucrat, police etc should be given sinister punishment for violation of any law. They think law is in their hand so they break it more often & easily.

 
Comment by Prashant
2014-02-11 17:35:00

Mind your language, mr editor. Doctors are notorious! You have the cheek to say this on this forum! I feel you should stop writting. Doctors should opt for a extremely non tolerant attitude towards media and public by and large.
I demand an explanation mr editor for your statement that doctors are notorious for certain acts which you mentioned. If you have no explantion my demand is for an apology. The minister will also definitely get his punishment
After this incident, i have started feeling that the Aap party is Right about the police

 
Comment by Was that a joke?
2014-02-11 21:30:36

Was that a joke? Are you seriosly retarded or are are you seriosly retarded?

 
Comment by Was that a joke?
2014-02-11 21:31:17

@ ” D.S.Sheriff. Editor”

 
Comment by D.S.Sheriff. Editor
2014-02-13 23:19:54

Dear Dr.Neeraj Nagpal,

I am extremely sorry for the grave oversight – I thought Mr. Shabir Khan was also a doctor. When I wrote the reply I was so angry that I thought that the minister also was a doctor. Thank you very much for your kind observation. I am extremely sorry if I had hurt the feelings of the victim. I am not only for proper action taken against the minister but also institute proper procedures to protect our colleagues who are subjected to such an agonizing experience. Thank you Dr. Neeraj once again and feel sorry for my oversight.

 
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