Accident – Death – Obituary News : Title: Five Medical Practitioners Booked for Allegedly Demanding Sexual Favors from Paramedic Students in Bihar
In a shocking incident, five medical practitioners from Bhagwan Mahavir Institute of Medical Sciences (BMIMS), a government medical college in Bihar’s Nalanda district, have been booked for allegedly demanding sexual favors from paramedic students in exchange for granting grades in practical examinations. The accused have been identified as Dr. Bijendra Prasad, Dr. Nirmal Kumar, Dr. Ritesh, Dr. Ajay, and an unidentified individual. A first information report (FIR) has been registered based on the complaint filed by four brave complainants.
Allegations and Protests:
According to the FIR, the accused doctors demanded sexual favors from para-medical students during practical exams held on Wednesday. The matter came to light when the paramedical staff staged a protest before Nalanda district magistrate (DM) Sashank Kumar. The protestors demanded strict action against the accused doctors, who were present on the BMIMS premises during the DM’s visit.
Immediate Action and Investigation:
Upon learning about the allegations, the DM wasted no time and directed BMIMS principal, Dr. Ashok Kumar Singh, to form a sexual harassment committee to thoroughly investigate the matter. The committee will be responsible for conducting an unbiased probe into the allegations and ensuring justice for the victims.
Attempts to Lodge Complaint:
The complainants revealed that they had initially tried to lodge a complaint with the Pawapuri police outpost. However, they were allegedly denied assistance by the police. Undeterred, the students took their grievance to the principal, the woman police station, and the local police. Unfortunately, their pleas for justice went unanswered.
Victims Speak Out:
One of the victims recounted her harrowing experience, stating that she received a call from a colleague instructing her to meet Dr. Bijendra in the Anaesthesia Department. Upon arriving, she was forcibly overpowered by Dr. Ajay and Dr. Ritesh when she resisted their advances. Despite raising complaints with the principal and relevant authorities, no action was taken.
Another victim, an OT (operation theatre) assistant, shared her ordeal, revealing that Dr. Bijendra and Dr. Nirmal molested her when she went to meet them after completing her viva. She immediately informed the principal about the incident.
FIR and Charges:
Sub-inspector and station house officer Anita Kumari confirmed that the Pawapuri police outpost registered an FIR against the five accused doctors, including the head of the Anaesthesia department. The FIR includes charges under various sections of the Indian Penal Code, such as assault with intent to outrage a woman’s modesty (Section 354), sexual harassment (Section 354A), stalking (Section 354D), and acts intended to insult the modesty of a woman (Section 509).
Response from BMIMS:
In response to the allegations, the principal of BMIMS stated that a committee comprising faculty members had been established to address the issue. However, all the accused doctors have declined to comment on the matter.
The shocking incident at BMIMS has exposed the alleged misconduct of five medical practitioners who have been accused of demanding sexual favors from paramedic students in exchange for favorable grades. The registration of the FIR and the formation of a sexual harassment committee indicate that authorities are taking the matter seriously and are committed to ensuring a fair investigation. The victims’ bravery in speaking out against their perpetrators is commendable, and it is hoped that justice will be served to them, setting a precedent against such heinous acts in educational institutions..