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The Ernakulam Central Police have registered a case against a physician who had been working on the Ernakulam General Hospital in 2019, on a criticism by a younger physician that she was molested by him when she was a home surgeon on the hospital that yr.

The case has been registered below Section 354 (assault or use of prison pressure against a girl to outrage her modesty) of the Indian Penal Code against G. Manoj, a normal physician.

The police had on Saturday requested the complainant, who’s presently settled overseas, to submit her assertion to provoke a probe. She had despatched an e mail to the Director of Health Services and the hospital superintendent a number of days in the past, alleging that the senior physician, who was co-ordinator of the house-surgency programme on the hospital on the time of the alleged incident, had molested her in 2019. The hospital authorities forwarded it to the police.

Prior to this, the lady had narrated the alleged incident via a social media publish. She alleged that the senior physician, who was then head of the division of General Medicine, had groped her and tried to kiss her forcibly in his personal session room exterior the hospital quarters, when she went there to make an official criticism against a senior guide.

The girl, who had reportedly shared her ordeal along with her colleagues, had acknowledged that she had not lodged a criticism against the senior physician in 2019, fearing that it would have an effect on her internship certification course of. She mentioned no motion had been taken against the physician in 2019, though she had complained to the higher-ups of the hospital.

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