The incident occurred at a reputed private hospital in south Delhi where the victim had gone with her husband for a routine check-up
A 30-year-old female doctor who runs a private clinic was allegedly molested by a cardiologist at Max Hospital in Saket where the victim had gone for a check-up. The incident occurred on Sunday morning.
A senior police official close to the investigation confirmed the case. The official said that they have arrested the accused after the victim approached the police. He added that the cardiologist has been identified as Dr Hamid Bashir. He lives in Neb Sarai area and has been practicing at Max Hospital in Saket for the past four months.
The official also said that the victim, Rakhi (name changed) lives in Saket area along with her family. She has been running a private clinic in the area for the past few years. "She went to Max Hospital, Saket along with her husband for a cardio test. Her husband was outside the doctor's room when the accused allegedly attacked her. When the victim objected to his attempts the cardiologist pretended that he was only doing a check-up," said the police official. But the victim raised an alarm and called her husband. She then made a call to the Police Control Room (PCR) to report the incident.
The accused allegedly pleaded with her not to call the police but the victim decided to teach him a lesson. A team from Saket police station reached the spot. The accused and the victim were brought to the police station. The victim gave her statement following which an FIR under section 354 (molestation) of IPC was lodged. "Hamid Bashir was arrested and later released on bail by police as it was a non-cognizable offence," said the police officer.
The All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in February this year terminated a senior resident doctor (neuro-surgery), who was accused of sexually molesting an eight-year-old brain tumour patient on January 23 and an order in this regard was issued by the Union health and family welfare ministry. The decision came after the AIIMS standing committee for prevention of sexual harassment, found the resident doctor guilty on the basis of circumstantial evidence. The minor, a resident of Shahdara, underwent a surgery for a brain tumour on January 20 and was in the ICU on the night of the incident. The doctor took the child to the duty-room and allegedly molested him on January 23, a day before he was to be discharged. The doctor was later exonerated and reinstated in July this year after protests by his colleagues.
The other side
The alleged incident unfortunately happened as an unintentional accident whilst physical examination of the patient was being done in a Heart Check-up Camp. Max Healthcare has a 'zero tolerance' policy towards physical misdemeanour. Taking immediate cognizance, we have instituted an internal enquiry in the matter already. The organization is cooperating, fully, with the investigating authorities and has also reached out to the patient proactively. We are hopeful that the truth shall emerge as the law takes its course.
- Statement of the hospital