A doctor at Aligarh Muslim University’s Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College who had spoken to media and questioned Uttar Pradesh police’s version of the Hathras rape case has been told by the hospital that his services are not required any longer. Dr Azeem Malik had said that the FSL (forensic science laboratory) report, which stated no sperms were found in the sample, held no value as the sample was collected after a delay of 11 days.
His statement contradicted Additional Director General (Law and Order), Prashant Kumar’s statement, who had said that absence of the semen in the sample indicated that no rape took place. Apart from Dr Malik, another doctor at the hospital Dr Obaid Haque has also been issued a similar latter by the hospital. The latter had attested medico-legal case report of the 19-year-old victim.
Both the doctors received letter with CMO in-charge Dr SAH Zaidi’s signature on it stating that their appointment on the post of Medical Officer, Emergency & Trauma, JNMCH, was being rejected with immediate effect after instructions by the Vice Chancellor of the University. The doctors were asked not to perform any further duties.
While the doctors say that they have been suspended, the administration maintains that doctors were asked to fill in temporary vacancies created by the absence of CMOs as many of them got infected with COVID-19. It said that services of the doctors are not required any longer as CMOs have reported back to work. The administration said that they are aware that the doctors are not happy with the decision and the matter is being look into.
The Dalit woman who was gangraped by 4 men was admitted to AMU Hospital for two weeks. She was later taken to Delhi’s Safdarjung Hospital where she succumbed to her injuries. Central Bureau of investigation is currently probing the case.