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Molestation victim gets threats

A 28-year-old woman suffering from brain tumour, who had lodged a complaint of molestation against a doctor who works at a private hospital in Malviya Nagar a fortnight ago, claimed that she and her family are being threatened. Vijaita Singh reports.

delhi Updated: Oct 31, 2010 01:15 IST
Vijaita Singh

A 28-year-old woman suffering from brain tumour, who had lodged a complaint of molestation against a doctor who works at a private hospital in Malviya Nagar a fortnight ago, claimed that she and her family are being threatened.

She said the friends and family of the accused were hounding her to withdraw the police complaint.

"Every now and then we get calls from unknown people telling us to withdraw the case. One of the callers even told my husband that the consequences could be dangerous if I did not take the complaint back," the victim said.

She has now lodged a fresh complaint with the police alleging that she was being pressurized and harassed to withdraw the case.

On October 17, the victim, a housewife, was admitted to the emergency ward of Akash Hospital in Malviya Nagar after she developed high fever.

"I was admitted to the emergency ward and around 11 pm the doctor came for a check-up. He molested me first in the presence of my husband. After my husband left, he came back 15 minutes later and molested me again. The next morning, in the absence of any nurse or other doctor, he came for a check-up again and sexually harassed me," the woman said in her complaint.

The police then registered a case of molestation at the Malviya Nagar station.

"One day my husband got a call from someone who said he was standing outside our apartment building and wanted to meet him regarding the matter. When he told him that we would not drop the charges against the doctor in any case, he threatened us and left," the woman said.

According to the Delhi Medical Council, till date no doctor has lost his medical licence following charges of molestation or rape.

"Delhi Medical Council suspends or cancels the medical licence of the accused doctor, depending upon the gravity of the complaint but only after the police investigation finds the doctor guilty. The investigation part is taken care of by the police. No conviction, however, has taken place under my knowledge in any such case so far," said Dr Girish Tyagi, secretary, Delhi Medical Council.