SKIMS staff call off strike after employee released

Srinagar: Doctors and paramedical staff at SKIMS Bemina called off their strike on Tuesday, a day after they had vowed that they will resume work only when a lab technician, arrested on charges of molestation, is granted bail.
The staff called off the strike after the arrested employee was released on bail.
Director SKIMS and Principal SKIMS Medical College Dr Showkat A Zargar told a news agency that a four-member committee of senior doctors has been constituted to investigate into the molestation charges.
The trouble started at the hospital when a 16-year-old girl alleged that the operation theatre technician had “touched her inappropriately”. Her attendants had ransacked the OT and roughed up employees.
However, swearing by the “uprightness and piety” of the accused man, who is in his early fifties, the staff had said the strike will continue till he is granted bail.
“You have put behind bars a man who leads prayers, he is our inspiration,” said the president of Employees Association.
“He was removing the ECG wires attached to the chest of the girl. That does not mean he molested her. And to add to our woes, her family members and neighbours still threaten us. They destroyed equipment worth lakhs of rupees,” he added.
Dr Zargar also said that he can “vouch for his character”. “I know the employee myself from past 15 years. He can never do this. The said girl under the effect of anesthesia has misread a professional touch by a doctor,” he added.
The brother of the girl, however, insisted that the accused “touched my sister inappropriately”.
“She was saying it repeatedly. We reacted only when she repeatedly said so,” he said, asking to remain anonymous.