SRINAGAR: While the Minister of State for Health, Shabir Ahmad Khan, who allegedly attempted to molest a lady doctor is evading arrest, the complainant has sought action against Congress’s Member Parliament (MP) Choudhary Lal Singh and some newspapers for having disclosed her identity.
The medico in a south hand-written statement issued to media through a joint press conference of seven doctors’ associations on Monday, stated that she has made a formal complaint to police against “some editors, publishers, printers, authors, and MP Lal Singh.”
“I have already lodged a complaint with SDPO Shaheed Gunj on February 8 requesting him to take an appropriate action in accordance with the law…for defaming my character and disclosing my identity which is totally against the Supreme Court guidelines,” reads her statement.
Last week, police filed FIR under RPC sections 354 and 509 against Khan on the doctor’s complaint that he tried to molest her in his office at Civil Secretariat here last month. Following the FIR, Khan, who is Congress MLA from Rajouri, resigned from his position and has been evading arrest.
Since the complaint, responses and statements from politicians, civil society groups, and medicos’ associations have been pouring in and are carried by the media.
However, the lady doctor described as “unfortunate” the comments of “some persons” and “some newspapers” over the incident.
“Not only my identity was disclosed, but even the event was discussed negatively which would mean rubbing salt to my wounds. Such statements could reprieve and provide an escape route to the guilty and lead to miscarriage of justice in this case,” she has said.
The incident has sparked controversy between the doctors of Health Department and Medical Education, which the Doctors Association of Kashmir (DAK) claims to be representing. DAK’s Tuesday statement that “victim molested by Khan had called Dr Saleem-ur-Rehman (Director Health Services Kashmir) prior to the shocking incident,” has infuriated both the complainant and the associations of medicos.
While the complainant has, without naming anyone, termed the DAK’s remarks as “defamatory” and “far from truth”, the associations of doctors in Health Department have also taken a strong exception to it.
“DAK doesn’t represent the doctors from Health Department. The lady doctor who the MoS tried to molest is from the Health Department, and she has nothing to do with DAK,” said the representatives of Society of Consultant Doctors, Filed Doctors Welfare Association Kashmir, Health and Family Employees Confederation, JK Dental Surgeons Society, JK State Contractual Doctors Association, NRHM Doctors (MBBS and AYUSH) Association, and Doctors and Patients Welfare Association present at the press briefing.
“DAK was dissolved long ago, and represents no one at present,” they added.
The doctors have given 24-hour ultimatum to the government to arrest Khan.
“If the government fails to arrest Khan within 24 hours, the doctors in Health Department will take to roads in protest,” they said.