Published: 16th June 2019
Thoothukudi medical college interns accuse professor of sexually abusing them, enquiry initiated
The victims, who are doing Compulsory Rotatory Residential Internship (CRRI) had complained about the misbehaviour of a professor attached to ortho discipline in the college
Few CRRI-interns of Thoothukudi medical college hospital (ThMCH) have lodged a complaint with the Dean of the institution against a professor who allegedly sexually abused them. The complaint addressed to the dean had no mention of the complainant's name or either the name of the victim.
The victims, who are doing Compulsory Rotatory Residential Internship (CRRI) had complained about the misbehaviour of a professor attached to ortho discipline in the college. According to the petition, the victims are likely to be more than one. They have alleged that their professor spoke lewdly and unpleasantly with them. He also apparently told them how he had threatened former interns to accept his sexual favours in order to get their CRRI completion certificate. He had also asked the lady attendees to accept his advances, the petition read.
The unnamed petition also alleged that the accused behaved indecently with the intern students at operation theatres and would make unnecessary advances when they were alone and also forcibly took them for rides during late hours. He apparently took some woman interns to his private hospital near old bus stand, consumed alcohol in their presence and passed obscene comments at them, the petition said.
The petition also mentioned that his former interns had tolerated his abuses just so they could get the course completion signature. They all claim to be witnesses for the complaint. They demanded that the professor be transferred or dismissed.
When asked about the issue, ThMCH Dean Dr Balasubramanian told Express that the petition was anonymous and that an internal inquiry committee was formed to investigate the complaint. A preliminary inquiry was conducted with the complainant and the accused on Saturday and the inquiry report has been submitted to the Director of Medical Education, he said. Action will be taken after a detailed inquiry is conducted, he added.