Can an apology letter by the person accused of molestation considered sufficient to pardon his crime? That's exactly what the authorities of the government-owned KC General Hospital in Malleswaram think. Lest, why would they let off a senior doctor allegedly accused of molesting an intern at the hospital?
According to The New Indian Express, an MBBS student who was interning at the Hospital was allegedly molested by her senior doctor while she was on duty. The incident occurred on September 23 has come to light late now.
The senior doctor who was in-charge of the casualty department reportedly asked the intern to report to his room at 2 am on the pretext of giving her assignment. When she reached the hospital, the senior doctor allegedly locked the door and touched her inappropriately saying he needed to check her heart beat. The intern who suspected his actions asked the doctor to leave her alone and quickly barged out of the room. The intern who is studying in a government college raised an alarm and reportedly informed the hospital authorities.
The issue was brought to the notice of the hospital authorities who sought an explanation from the accused doctor. "As soon as we came to know of the incident, a notice was issued to the doctor. As demanded by the victim, he tendered a written apology," reports The New Indian Express quoting Dr Ravi Kumar, medical superintendent of the hospital.
It is alleged that the accused doctor allegedly tried to contact the victim through other interns allegedly preventing her from reporting the incident to the police. However, the hospital superintendent denied these allegations and claimed that the girl did not want to report it to the police and there was no pressure on her to hush up the matter, reports Express.
What is more disturbing is that the hospital has not yet set up the Internal Complaints Committee (ICC) mandatory to report sexual harassments at the workplace as per the provision of the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace Act, 2013.