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Kerala: Rashid & Rafeeq arrested for attacking woman doctor on duty

A woman doctor of Thiruvananthapuram’s Fort Taluk Hospital was assaulted by two men who had come to the hospital to get their injuries treated on Thursday night. The police have taken Karimadom colony’s Rashid and Vallakadavu’s Rafeeq into custody in connection with the case.

The victim Dr. Malu Murali said, “I had asked them how the injury had occurred. This provoked them and they tried to attack me. They even caught on my dress and tried to tear it off”. A security guard who tried to help the doctor was also attacked by the miscreants who fled the scene before the arrival of the police.

A report by the Times of India in this regard says:

The hospital employees said that the accused were a permanent nuisance in the region and have made similar issues in the past also in inebriated conditions.

Meanwhile, the hospital employees boycotted duty on Friday morning and said that they would join duty only after the arrest of the accused. They joined back for duty only after police officers communicated to the district Kerala government medical officers’ association representatives (KGMOA) about the arrest.

However, KGMOA has warned that they would be forced to go on strike across the state if the government was not ready to provide security for doctors in hospitals.

Education minister V Sivankutty who reached the hospital assured action against those who attacked the doctor. “It is unfortunate that doctors are facing such attacks. They are at the forefront of the fight against the pandemic and they are doing their best service to the people. Such incidents are condemnable and the government would take strict action against those who indulge in such criminal activities against the healthcare workers,’’ he said.

A series of attacks has prompted the installation of CCTV cameras in all government hospitals having causality facilities in the district. The decision was announced in the working committee meeting of the National Health Mission by District Collector Navjot Khosa.

The CCTV cameras will be set up at the entry points of the hospitals. NHM has been entrusted with the responsibility of CCTV installation. The decision comes in the wake of assaults on doctors from Parassala Taluk Hospital and Fort Taluk Hospital.

(Featured Image Source: TOI)

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