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Pregnant doctor approaches NCW after termination from AIIMS

A doctor from Uttarakhand has approached the National Commission for Women, saying her services at the AIIMS, Rishikesh were terminated allegedly without citing any reason after she applied for maternity leave.

dehradun Updated: Jun 10, 2017 19:45 IST
Neha Pant
AIIMS, Rishikesh. The doctor claims she was fire d after she sought maternity leave.
AIIMS, Rishikesh. The doctor claims she was fire d after she sought maternity leave. (HT Photo)

A doctor from Uttarakhand has approached the National Commission for Women (NCW), saying her services at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Rishikesh were terminated allegedly without citing any reason after she applied for maternity leave.

Dr Niharika Naithani Dhami, who was serving as a senior resident at the department of dentistry at AIIMS Rishikesh, lodged a complaint with the NCW on June 9 against five AIIMS officials, including director Dr Ravi Kant, for “terminating my services as a senior resident the moment I went on maternity leave”.

Dhami, who is now 35 weeks pregnant, alleged in her complaint that she was not given any prior notice for the termination.

“No reason has been given to me for termination and my termination letter was made backdated to May 12, even though I served till May 27,” Dhami wrote in her complaint letter, a copy of which is with HT.

“The future of my career has been brutally cut short… it has been emotionally and mentally very distressing on me. I wish to get justice to avoid any stress to my current mental health and well being of my unborn child who is due in the 1st week of July. Please help me to get justice and make sure that no woman is hurt like this ever,” she wrote.

A master of dental surgery (MDS) in conservative dentistry and endodontics, Dhami joined AIIMS on April 3. “I went on maternity leave from May 29 after going through the proper channel while applying (for maternity leave),” she said.

“On June 2, I received termination letter for my services, there was no form of communication from the administration in this regard before the termination…I also never received any warnings for misconduct while serving there for two months,” Dhami said.

While the director could not be contacted for his version despite repeated attempts, HT contacted different officials of AIIMS Rishikesh but they refused to comment on the matter.

Anshuman Gupta, deputy director (administration) at AIIMS, said he was not aware of the case and “would be able to comment on it by Monday”.

Meanwhile, NCW member Rekha Sharma confirmed to HT that the women’s panel had received a complaint and would take appropriate action in the matter after investigating the case.

“We (NCW) have already issued a notice to AIIMS authorities and will be calling them soon for questioning about the complaint. We will also call the doctor (Dhami) if she could travel to Delhi if her health permits,” Sharma told HT on Saturday.