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Junior doctors in Odisha medical colleges to wear black badges from Monday


Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Cuttack, June 27:

Junior doctors of three government-run medical colleges in Odisha have decided to wear black badges from Monday to protest government inaction in the case of alleged sexual harassment of women PG students of SCB Medical College and Hospital (SCBMCH) by a professor.

Health doctorJunior doctors at the SCBMCH today demanded the dismissal of the accused professor and warned of intensifying their agitation if action is not taken against the accused Pathology department professor Dr Sitaram Mohapatra.

The  junior doctors have already brought this to the attention of the State Women Commission (SWC) and the Commissionerate Police.

At least 15 women junior lady doctors of the SCBMCH have alleged that the professor had sexually harassed and intimidated them.

The accused professor Mohapatra, however,  is now untraceable and incommunicado.

The affected medicos of the Pathology department of the SCBMCH had lodged a complaint fifteen days ago accusing Prof  Mohapatra of  sexually harassing them over the last few months.

They had also alleged that every time they resisted his advances, Prof Mohapatra threatened to spoil their career.

Dr Jayashree Mohanty, chairperson  SCB Internal Complaint Committee on Thursday had recorded statements of 13 affected junior doctors at the Radiology department. Each student was asked to submit written complaints following which they were interrogated separately with the departmental doctor as the witness.

President of the Junior Doctors Association Atma Ranjan Das said although 15 days have passed since the incident was reported, the government, which has returned to power on the promise of giving good and clean governance,  is shying away from taking action on the accused professor because he is politically well connected.