Doctors, paramedics hold protests, to strike work today

Srinagar: The Doctors Association of Kashmir(DAK) Friday demanded arrest of Minister Shabir Ahmad Khan who has been booked on molestation charges by police following a complaint by a lady doctor.
“Khan should be immediately arrested. It should be a matter of shame for the government that they are promoting such people,” DAK president Dr Nissar-ul-Hassan said in a statement after chairing a meeting of the Association’s executive council here.
Khan, the statement said, had tried to make advances towards the woman and molest her when she visited his office in the state secretariat here on January 28.
“Doctors in Kashmir demand exemplary punishment in the case,” the Association said, asking doctors in the state to strike work Saturday.
“Our sisters and daughters are not safe as they are day in and out molested/raped by politicians, bureaucrats and security personals. We can’t remain silent when the chastity of our daughters is at stake. We will sacrifice our lives to safeguard the dignity and honor of our women,” the statement said.
DAK said that resignation by health minister was an eyewash as earlier incidents show that government had “given plump postings to officials involved in sex scandals and rape and molestation cases.”
Jammu and Kashmir State Contractual Doctors Association (JKSCDA) and Health and Family Welfare Employees Confederation (HFWEC) meanwhile held a joint protest in front of Directorate of Health Services, Kashmir here and called for a two- day strike in hospitals on Saturday and Monday against the “shameful” act.
Employees at the Directorate of Health Services Kashmir (DHSK) suspended work to press for an impartial inquiry into the case.