Chandigarh: A third-year MBBS student at Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32, was recently caught playing pranks, using a mobile application that can flash a different phone number while making a call and change the voice of the caller. The student was misusing this application to abuse his teachers. He also tried to blackmail his junior. Unfortunately for him, one of the faculty recognized his voice despite voice change and reported the matter to Director-Principal Dr A K Janmeja. The student is the son of a well-known city-based doctor.
TOI reports that complainant forwarded the complaint to the cyber cell, as well, and the police are now checking whether the phones are hacked, revealed Harinder Singh Sekhon, in-charge, cyber cell, Chandigarh Police.
“We are examining the case. Earlier, there was an app which used proxy settings of someone else. It is no more available,” Singh told the daily.
According to college faculty, this is the 1st incident of its kind. “We are supposed to have ethics as an important aspect of our profession. If this is what students have started doing now, what kind of doctors will they become?” said a senior doctor.
According to a police source, the boy had one faculty turn against the other, while he turned foul mouthed on the phone, as the number flashing on the screen would be that of another faculty member.
“The student continued to make such calls and used one faculty against the other by calling names. Humiliated by this act, when one of the doctors spoke to the caller (whose number flashed on his cell), it was revealed that someone was playing a prank,” said a doctor at GMCH.
“The student has not even been reprimanded or asked for an explanation. The student confessed and wrote a letter of apology to the director-principal. But nothing has been done so far. Surprisingly, one of the doctors who was abused is a member of the faculty welfare committee,” said a doctor.
When Principal, Dr Janmeja was contacted, he told TOI, “We will look into the matter and go by the set procedures. An inquiry has already been marked,”