Balabhai Nanavati Hospital of Vile Parle suspended a resident doctor on Friday after he was arrested in connection with a sexual abuse case that was filed against him at Santacruz police station.
A week back, 28-year-old woman filed a case of sexual abuse against Dr Kalyan Siodia, under Section 376 (d) of the Indian Penal Code. According to the complaint, Dr Siodia,a resident doctor at the hospital who was training to be a cardiologist, had touched the victim inappropriately about six months back when she was admitted to the hospital.
Officials from the hospital said that the arrest of the doctor on Wednesday came as a shock to them as the incident had taken place six months back. “As a part of the procedure, we constituted a committee for internal investigations. It will soon meet and look up the evidence before them and submit their report,” said the official. He added that the hospital had a zero tolerance policy towards such incidents and any indecent behaviour is subjected to immediate action. Dr Rajendra Patankar, CEO of the hospital, refused to comment saying that the matter was subjudice.
The victim was admitted to the hospital on June 5, after an overdose of sleeping pills. The doctor, on pretext of examining her, allegedly touched her inappropriately and continued to ask for sexual favours for months, following which she decided to file a complaint.
Dr Siodia, who was remanded in judicial custody, continues to be locked up in Authur Road prison.