Blaming a senior doctor of causing mental harassment at the workplace, three staff members, including two women, posted at the biostatics department, Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), have filed several complaints to the administration and also sought their transfer to another department.
Taking note of the complaint, a special committee has been formed. It will meet on April 4 and will probe the matter.
The first letter written by one of the complainant on December 17, 2015 reads, “I am very much upset by the working environment of the department of biostatics. The doctor whose name has been withheld always pressurises me to lodge complaints against other people.”
The complainant said the doctor threatened her of dismissal from the service in case she refuses to sign the letters. “I was forced to sign and file complaints many times but the same has caused me a lot of distress. If I refuse, then he would threaten me that he will send a letter against me leading to my dismissal.”
Harassed from the behaviour of the doctor, the employee has sought transfer.
Another woman employee who looks after the official work of the department levelled similar allegations against the doctor. “It has become very difficult to work under the doctor,” she writes in a complaint.
She said the doctor had been mentally harassing her and not allowing her to work after she refused to sign a letter which was written by him against some PGI official. “The doctor forced me to write my personal comments and sign on his personal letter against an official of PGI but I refused,” the complainant mentions.
The third staffer, who is a male, complained that the doctor made personal comments on his family members and used abusive language. After no action was taken by the authorities, two letters on February 6 and February 15 were marked to the head of department. On February 6, a letter was marked to the authorities, wherein the staff members alleged the doctor made video-recording of female staff members.
“The doctor is threatening all of us and saying that we all will end up losing our jobs, in case we don’t take our complaints back. He is also forcing us to give apology in writing. The doctor is also making video-recording of female staff members in his mobile, which is unethical,” mentions the letter.
A letter dated February 15 reads, “The situation of the department is getting worse. We were not allowed to sit and work in the department as the room was locked by the doctor concerned. He had also locked all computers by changing passwords.”
“The committee members will meet on Monday and look into the complaint. Later, both the parties will be called and their statements will be recorded,” said the chairman of the committee.