Doctor ‘harassed’ by Health minister ‘facing threats’

Wasim Khalid

Srinagar: Dr Gurmeet Kaur, who had filed a complaint of harassment against Health minister Chaudhary Lal Singh, on Monday said she is being coerced by various quarters to withdraw her charges.
Kaur, who is a registrar at the Psychiatric Diseases Hospital, Jammu, told Kashmir Reader the police have not booked the minister yet or acted against him in any other manner.
“BJP has apologised in the media but the party has taken no action against him. I am also getting threats, both verbally and through the department. I am being asked not to speak to the media. The irony is that the government has sought an explanation from me about this episode,” she said.
Kaur said that “overt and covert repression” is not going to stop her from speaking the “truth against the minister”.
“The arrogant mindset of politicians makes militants out of innocent youth and forces young boys to throw stones. When you suppress people, culture of violence takes shape,” Kaur said.
While thanking doctors from both regions who have rallied behind her, Kaur said the government has been indifferent towards her grievance.
The doctor said the minister had “created problems” for doctors during his earlier stint as Health minister in 2002 too and despite protests he has “not mended his ways”.
“Why is Mr Chief Minister silent?” Kaur asked.
Daleep Singh, station house officer of Bakshi Nagar police station in Jammu, where Kaur lodged her complaint, said, “No progress has been made in the case” without explaining why.
Singh had told the media that the legal department of the police will give its opinion on whether an FIR can be filed on the basis of Kaur’s complaint accusing the minister of “mental harassment which amounts to outraging her modesty”.
“Today, on March 9, during the inauguration function of the Psychiatric Diseases Hospital, GMC, in Jammu, at 3.30pm, I was shocked by harsh words and misbehaviour done to me in full public view by none other than Lal Singh, honourable minister for Health and Medical Education J&K govt, which has left me mentally harassed and wrecked,” the complaint reads.
The complainant said the minister walked up to her and asked her why she had not put on her lab coat. She had replied that it was a social function and she thought it was not needed.
“It is an official function,” the minister had shouted in rage. And when Kaur told him that psychiatrists are not required to wear coats even in hospital wards, the minister told her “who has invited you?”
“He snapped his fingers at me and said ‘tumhara kaam ho gaya, chalo niklo bahar,’” the doctor said in her complaint.
DAK to support ‘no-apron’ campaign
The Doctors Association Kashmir said on Monday that it will support Jammu doctors, who have decided to stop wearing aprons till the government takes action against Health minister Lal Singh.
The association said the decision to extend support to their counterparts in Jammu was taken at a meeting chaired by Dr GM Mir and attended by most of the executive members.
“Lal Singh has repeatedly misbehaved with doctors in Srinagar and Jammu ever since he took over as Health minister. The DAK will intensify the protests if the government fails to act against him,” the association said in a statement.