Reported by Chinmaya Dehury
Bhubaneswar, July 21:
The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has issued a show cause notice to Odisha chief secretary asking him to explain why appropriate compensation will not be paid to the victim, who was sexually harassed by an employee of the SCB medical college and hospital, Cuttack, in August last year.
Acting on a complaint by human rights activist Subash Mohapatra, the Commission has asked the chief secretary to submit his views within six weeks on why appropriate compensation will not be recommended for the victim whose human rights have been violated.
The rights panel also asked the Health secretary to submit a report on the outcome of the departmental proceedings initiated against the accused Karunakar Mohanty, Junior Technician of the hospital for his misconduct within six weeks.
According to the complaint, the accused Mohanty had sexually harassed a woman patient in the department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology of SCB Medical College and Hospital on August 5 last year.
Following the complaint, the NHRC had directed the concerned departments to submit reports on the incident.
The report of Deputy Commissioner of Police, Cuttack had said that the victim was admitted as an in-patient on August 4, 2013 in the Obstetrics & Gynaecology department and she gave birth to a female child. However, during the late night hours next day, the accused allegedly subjected the victim to sexual assault while she was sleeping on the bed.
He was caught by the security personnel on duty and later arrested by the police.