Court rap for Srinagar doctors for attempt to cover up sodomy
A session court here lambasted a committee of doctors on Thursday for their “callous and casual” medical report on four boys, who had alleged they were forced to sodomise each other in a city police lock-up nine days ago.india Updated: Nov 05, 2009 23:50 IST
A session court here lambasted a committee of doctors on Thursday for their “callous and casual” medical report on four boys, who had alleged they were forced to sodomise each other in a city police lock-up nine days ago.
The medical report only confirmed torture and found bruises on the buttocks of a victim but failed to elaborate on the cause and was silent on any act of sodomy having been committed.
Reading from the report, sessions judge Ashok Gupta described it as one “filed from the sabzi mandi (vegetable market), where the medical superintendent has acted just as a post-master.”
“Though doctors have found bruise marks on the left and right buttocks of a victim, they have not given any opinion on what caused these bruises. In another case, doctors say the victim has lacerations but do not confirm what caused it,” said Gupta.
This will be the second high profile case after the alleged Shopian double murder and rape case where doctors found themselves in the dock.
Eleven boys were arrested on October 27 for pelting stones at security forces a day ahead of PM Manmohan Singh’s visit.
On October 29, the court had to intervene after the boys deposed before it, saying they were forced to commit sodomy in the police lockup and were filmed on mobile phones by policemen. The allegation has been vehemently rejected by the police.
The boys’ lawyers, Bashir Siddique and Mubeen Wani too accused the doctors of being callous. “In the first place, they should have examined all the 11 boys as per the court orders, which they didn’t,” said Siddique.
The lawyers told the judge it was difficult now to establish whether the boys were forced into sodomy. “I have talked to surgeons who told me that sodomy could be established if the boys had been examined within two days of the crime. The anus has a tendency to repair itself quickly if it’s damaged,” Siddique told the judge.
“Besides, faeces have passed through the passage. Any evidence of sodomy must have vanished. At least three boys among them are minors. Should the police torture minors like this?” he asked.
The lawyers accused the police of using sodomy as part of a new interrogation method.
The court has directed the medical college to examine all the boys again within two days.