SRINAGAR: Police has booked Director Health, Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Anantnag, Block Medical Officer (BMO) Sallar, and Medical Superintendent (MS) Seer for allegedly trying to molest a staff nurse posted in a primary health centre at Pahalgam in south Kashmir.
A case under RPC section 354-A has been registered against the accused at police station Shaheedgunj here following the complaint by the nurse on Thursday evening.
“A case of sexual assault was registered against the Director Health and the other three. It was registered late Thursday evening after we received a complaint from the staff nurse,” Nisar Ahmad, Station House Officer at the police station told Kashmir Reader on Friday.
“We have started investigations into the case,” he added.
According to the complainant’s account mentioned in the FIR, Director Health, Dr Saleem-ur-Rehman, had called the nurse to his office in Srinagar “with a plan to rape her.”
“I was called by the Director to his office. When I reached there to ask him why I had been called, he asked me to spend a night with him. He held my hand and pulled me towards him. I barely managed to escape,” reads the FIR. “…today, the Director had made a plan to rape me.”
Three months ago, the nurse alleged in her complaint, the BMO and the CMO had barged into her quarter at Pahalgam “while they were drunk, and tried to rape me.”
“The next day, they got my husband suspended and subsequently transferred on a false complaint,” she has said, adding that she was transferred to Seer, where the “MS tried to rape me at the behest of Director, the CMO and the BMO.”
Before approaching the police, the complainant has said that she raised the issue with several politicians and ministers including National Conference patron Farooq Abdullah.
“On listening to my ordeal, he (Farooq) asked the Health Minister to look into the matter. But the Health Minister called me to Jammu, and there he told me that he can’t act against his CMO and BMO,” she says.
“I kept mum over the incident, till Director Health crossed all limits by having made a plan to rape me,” she further alleged.
Meanwhile, the government is said to have ordered a departmental inquiry in the case.
“The Commissioner Secretary Health will probe the matter and submit a report to the government,” the Minister for Health and Medical Education Taj Mohiuddin is reported to have said.
Meanwhile, according to a police spokesman, “Taking instant cognisance, investigations were started. Scene of incident was visited by the police, and statements of some eyewitnesses were also recorded, which prima facie negates the allegations.”
“Statements of all the witnesses and officials having any information regarding the incident will be recorded in order to explore other angles. The case is being investigated on fast track basis to conclude it on its merits. Police has also obtained CCTV footage,” the spokesman said in a late night handout.