Srinagar, 25 may: On the 6th of May, an anonymous letter with the title -“Sex racket at Unani Hospital, Shalteng” written to the DC Kashmir Ashgar Samoon, raised suspicion against a Doctor of the hospital. The letter alleged Dr. Javed Ahmad Mir of raping a woman relative at her house in Ajas Bandipora in North Kashmir.
After the allegations, the doctor was suspended from his services and has been in jail since.
The complaint against the doctor had somehow linked the doctor’s crime to the Unani Hospital. The incident exposed the state of general affairs at the hospital.
After probing into the matter as per the guidelines given by the government, it revealed that a good number of female doctors who were posted in peripheral institutes, were working without any order from the Director General of ISM in Unani Hospital. This incident has devastated more than 100 employees of the hospital, its many male and female doctors who think their image has been tarnished for no fault of theirs.
Many of the Hospital staff have protested saying that they fail to understand how a senior government functionary entertains an anonymous complaint against an institution but does nothing to identify the complainant. Also they see his motivations and ask him to at least show some minimum proof for the allegations he is making. They added that this is criminal and he should be taken to task for it
The doctors also raised questions about the visit to the hospital of the State Women’s Commission chief Nayeema Mehjoor. They alleged that Nayeema came around the campus with the knowledge that all male and female doctors in the hospital were involved in a sexual free-for-all act and asked them embarrassing questions. They said that it is horrifying to be put into a situation where the government arbitrarily presumes a sex racket and then asks you to account for it. It is shameful.
Mehjoor concedes she went to the hospital to inquire about the case but didn’t find anything wrong in the hospital. She said that they have sought some more records from the hospital.
The doctors also quoted Central Vigilance Commission directive which make it clear that no government investigation and action can be taken on “anonymous or pseudonymous complaints against government employees or others”. Besides, there is also standing state government circular that no probe can be ordered on an anonymous complaint.
As per the circular issued by the J&K’s General Administration Department on July 2015, no action is required to be taken on anonymous complaints, irrespective of the nature of allegations. The Inquiry officer, Additional Deputy Commissioner, Nazir Ahmad Baba refused to talk about the issue saying he is busy and cannot talk. The Deputy Commissioner didn’t respond in spite of repeated calls and SMSs.