SRINAGAR: The state government on Monday attached the head of Orthodontics at the Government Dental College Srinagar who has been accused by students of physical and mental harassment.
Dr Muhammad Mushtaq, as per an order issued by under-secretary to Health and Medical Education Department, has been attached with the Directorate of Health Services, Kashmir till further orders.
Earlier in the day, students of the Dental College staged a protest in press enclave Srinagar. On Saturday, the students had also met Minister of State For Health & Medical Education Aasiya Naqash who “assured” them of streamlining things in the hospital, and promised to end any kind of injustice and exploitation of the students by college administration.
Standing by their demand for removal of Dr. Mohammad Mushtaq as the head of department and formation of a student union on the pattern of other professional colleges, the students burned their uniforms and shouted slogans against the incompetence of the college.
The students went on a strike last week alleging consistent physical and mental harassment by Dr Mushtaq, who they said made students do his private jobs, including domestic chores. He is also accused of beating postgraduate students and verbally abusing female students.
“I have chosen to serve our society and not be slaves of our own educators. We didn’t work hard and crack prestigious exams to face such embarrassing experiences. Education in such an institute should be exemplary and not a home for someone’s personal benefits and luxury, the action taken against the HOD is appreciable”, said a PG student, Gurdev Singh Bali told Kashmir Reader.