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Docs in dock for not confirming Ashiana rape
HT Live Correspondent
July 06, 2006
First Published: 00:20 IST(7/7/2006)
Last Updated: 00:20 IST(7/7/2006)

THE MEDICAL Council of India (MCI) in its letter dated July 4 has asked superintendents of Balrampur Hospital and Veerangana Avanti Bai Hospital to furnish all details in respect of doctors who did not confirm rape in the Ashiana case.

In a letter number 211(2)(275)/ 2006-Ethics/7472 to the superintendents, joint secretary of MCI Dr P Prasannaraj requested the superintendents to furnish comments in the matter as well as to provide particulars of the doctors concerned, like their name, registration number and its date and the State Medical Council with which they are registered. 

The MCI’s letter was in response to the complaint filled by All India Democratic Women’s Association and Saajhi Duniya in a letter dated May 22, 2006 complaining that despite rape, a panel of doctors from Balrampur Hospital and Veerangana Avanti Bai Hospital did not confirm rape in the Ashiana rape case. The Council has also asked Madhu Garg and Rooprekha Verma to provide certain details.

The letter to the social outfits stated, “Please fill up the enclosed performa so that the Council can take up the matter for necessary action expeditiously. The Council will initiate action as per Indian Medical Council (Professional Conduct, Etiquette and Ethics) (Amended) Regulations 2002 thereafter. The stipulated period of six months as per Indian Medical Council (Professional Conduct, Etiquette and Ethics) (Amended) Regulations 2002 will begin only after receipt of complete information from the complainant.”

In the letter the social outfits had written, “On May 3, 2005, a panel of doctors drawn from Balrampur Hospital and Veerangana Avanti Bai Hospital reported that no injury was found on the private parts of the victim and did not confirm rape.

The report of the panel of doctors does not mention any other bodily injury either. We had seen the girl right after the incident and both print and electronic media showed injuries on the body. The girl was bleeding profusely and was in a bad shape. Her hands and body bore marks of burning and scratching.”

The social outfits had requested the council to inquire into the matter and take appropriate actions in case the doctors’ conduct was found in breach of the oath taken and in the breach of the nobility of the profession.

Madhu Garg of AIDWA said, “We are happy the MCI has responded to the letter. Medical profession is one of the noblest. We don’t expect such behaviour from doctors.”


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