16 Jun 2022

50 Bhopal Hospital Nurses Accuse Their Chief of Abuse; Probe Ordered

At least 50 nurses at Hamidia Hospital based in Bhopal, a state-owned medical center in the capital Madhya Pradesh, have accused their health superintendent of sexual harassment, prompting the government to order an investigation.
The Madhya Pradesh Human Rights Commission (MPHRC) has also sent a notice to the Health Commissioner, seeking a response within 10 days.

Minister of State for Health Vishvas Sarang confirmed to PTI that the complaint had been received by Hamidia Hospital superintendent Dr Deepak Maravi.

"In view of the seriousness of the complaint, it has been directed that an investigation into this matter be conducted by the commissioner of the unit, Gulshan Bamra," he said without elaborating.

Hospital sources said about 50 female nurses had accused Dr Maravi of sexual harassment and obscene conduct, especially during the night shift.

When contacted and asked about his complaint, Dr Maravi told PTI that he was busy with a meeting with the chief executive.

On the other hand, Congress Congress president Kamal Nath said the state government should take drastic measures regarding nurses' complaints.

“There has been an incident of misconduct by 50 nurses at Bhopal's prestigious hospital, Hamidia. This is a sensitive issue that affects the safety of women in the workplace, ”said Mr Nath.

Citing the recent Bhopal incident in which a woman's face was pierced for representing her comedians, the former prime minister said, "Madya Pradesh is the world's leading crime rate for women and young girls. Even young girls are not. Is it good governance? Is this a good law and order?"

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