Sunday, August 26, 2012

Three suspended from government medical college for ragging first year post-graduate student

SURAT: Authorities at the government medical college (GMC) have suspended three students on the charges of having ragged a junior. The three had allegedly mentally and physically harassed a first year post graduate student during the last one month. Some of the junior doctors and faculty members are of the opinion that the case is being covered up due to political pressure. Following repetitive mental and physical torture, Pratik Katariwala of surgery department had submitted a written complaint to the dean of GMC G R Patel earlier this week. An inquiry was initiated in the matter.

Finding the allegations true, Imran Shaikh, a third year post graduate surgery student was suspended for two years from the college. Two others Bhushan Kharche and Shailesh Patel, both second year post graduate students of the same department were suspended for one year each. "Medical reports proved that the student was victimized by his seniors. Taking disciplinary actions the seniors were suspended from the college," said Patel. In the three incidents of ragging reported over the last two years, the GMC has not initiated legal action against the accused. In this case Katariwala got his medical examination done and filed a medico legal case. "We have not lodged a police complaint as the student had filed a medico legal case.

Now the police will do its work," said Patel. Sources within the GMC informed that one of the three accused has the support of a political leader from Uttar Pradesh and this is preventing GMC from taking legal action in the matter.

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