BHUBANESWAR: The State Government has now turned heat on doctors in the alleged Pipili gangrape case. It has decided to bring to book the doctors who had first treated the victim in both Pipili Hospital and Capital Hospital here.
The Health and Family Welfare Department has sought details on the doctors, who had first attended to her and not felt the necessity of informing the police even though the victim bore clear injury marks caused by partial hanging.
In a direction to director, Health Services, Deputy Secretary Kulamani Mishra said the Government has viewed seriously “such action on part of the treating doctors in the two hospitals”. The names of the treating doctors, responsible for not informing the police about the case, should be submitted to the Department by February 20 for initiation of necessary action against them, the order said.
The conduct of the doctors of the Government Hospital, Pipili, and Capital Hospital has already been questioned. The State Commission for Women (SCW) Chairperson Jyoti Panigrahy has recommended strong action against them.
In her report submitted to the Government earlier this month, Panigrahy held the doctors responsible for the lapses in investigation.
Since it was a clear case of partial hanging and the victim bore injury marks in the neck, the doctors, who first examined her after the November 29 incident, should have immediately informed the police.
Under the legal provisions, injuries such as this would have to be treated as a medico-legal case (MLC) and the doctors should have immediately informed the police, the report had said. However, doctors at the Pipili Hospital and the Capital Hospital overlooked the aspect and referred the victim from one hospital to another. “Had the doctors taken it as an MLC, the police would have had no option but to investigate since there would have been documentary evidence. But it was not followed,” the report had stated.