Maharashtra: An assistant professor at the psychiatry department of the Shri Vasantrao Naik Govt Medical College has been admitted to a hospital after he was thrashed by a group of interns for an alleged molestation attempt. The women interns of the medical college have alleged that the professor ( Dr Sharad Manore) tried to molest one of them when she was on duty.
The incident took place when he allegedly tried to molest an intern at the Mega Health Camp that was held recently, but where the accused did not speak about it to anyone. However, on Tuesday he (Dr Sharad Manore) again allegedly tried harass her.This time, however, other women residents got together and thrashed him, causing fracture of his lumbar vertebrae. Dr Manore was also dragged to the dean’s chamber by the interns, but they could not meet him due to his busy schedule. After that he was rushed to Sanjeevan Hospital , where doctors diagnosed a fracture in his vertebra.
Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors (MARD) has sent a representation to the Dean Dr Ashok Rathod, demanding that the professor be sacked. The interns working at the College have threatened in case of failure of their demand will result in a strike.
Speaking with TOI, Dr Rathore reported that he has received two complaints, one from the women intern and the other from MARD, and said he has not received any communication from the accused professor. “On Wednesday, I have ordered Dr Manore to proceed on leave till further orders. I have also ordered an inquiry by a special committee headed by HoD of pharmacology department Dr Sujata Durgaonkar,” Dr Rathod said, promising stringent action if Dr Manore is found guilty, he added.
On the other hand, Dr Sharad Manore stated that, he was he was thrashed by a group of mob, a male intern lifted him up and banged on the floor which caused him fracture in his spine. He further said that he did it at the instigation of his girl friend (accused). “I lodged a police complaint on Tuesday night against the male intern,” Dr Manore added.
The police official of Yavatmal City police station PSI Mangesh Bhoyar recorded a report from Dr Manore against male intern Dr Shreekant Pingle .
“Dr Manore has alleged that Dr Pingle assaulted him as he refused to grant leave to his girlfriend, who is an intern in the department,” Bhoyar said. “On Wednesday afternoon, the woman intern also visited the police station and lodged a complaint against Dr Manore,” he said.
A senior professor in the college informed that over 15 cases of molestation have been reported by the interns against the same professor earlier, but no legal action action was taken.