He carried a purse, wore a bindi and was obsessed with a male colleague.
The JJ Hospital had to deal with a bizarre case this week. A male resident doctor had been dressing like a woman and stalking a male colleague.
The colleague, Dr Harish, complained to the dean on Tuesday. His stalker, Dr Vijay, was admitted to the psychiatry ward for treatment on Wednesday after an inquiry.
Vijay, who believed that he was a woman trapped in man’s body, was infatuated with Dr Harish, a resident doctor from another department. “I did not even know him but he got hold of my mobile number and started sending me lewd messages a year ago,” said Harish.
He said that Vijay used to follow him around the campus and stare at him from a distance even when he worked. One day, he even reached the hostel room where Harish stayed with his wife. “I had been ignoring him for a long time but I started getting worried about my wife’s safety. I have to be away for hours when I am on duty,” said Harish.
Sources said Vijay had also stolen anaesthesia injections from the ward and attempted suicide several times.
Harish had complained to Vijay’s family and the head of the department in which he worked more than six months ago but no action was taken. On Tuesday, he submitted a written complaint to the dean of JJ Hospital, Dr R.S. Inamdar.
The hospital had set up a four-member committee, headed by psychiatrist Dr Yusuf Matcheswala, to look into the matter. The committee has submitted its report.
Dr Inamdar refused to comment saying that it was a ‘confidential matter’ and that it could be a ‘psychiatric case’. A senior doctor who worked with Vijay said he was very good to patients and there had been no complaints.
Sources said Vijay used to take oestrogen (a female hormone) and wear feminine clothes.
(Names have been changed to protect identity)