The All India Institute of Medical Sciences - Patna (AIIMS-P) was embroiled in fresh controversy after a patient alleged sexual harassment by one of its doctors.
A girl, in her late teens, has complained to the institute that a doctor misbehaved while examining her. Though a police case has not been lodged, the matter has been referred to the anti-sexual harassment committee of the institute.
The girl was undergoing treatment in out-patient department (OPD) of obstetrics and gynaecology for excessive bleeding. She was subsequently referred to the surgery department after she complained of dyspepsia (indigestion).
The incident occurred on December 20 when she went to the surgery OPD. In her complaint, she said that during the course of physical examination, the senior faculty member fondled and misbehaved with her. The doctor, she said, tried to browbeat her when she raised an alarm. She also alleged that the doctor was alone in the consultation chamber during her physical examination.
The code of medical ethics says that a female attendant should be present when a male doctor examines a female patient.
AIIMS-P director, Dr GK Singh, feigned ignorance about the incident. “I am not aware of it and am hearing from you for the first time,” he told HT.