#India- Medical student sexually assaulted by four men at Manipal #Vaw



Daijiworld Media Network – Udupi (UM)


Udupi, Jun 21: A young woman was allegedly assaulted sexually by four men late night on Thursday June 21 at Manipal here.

The girl is a fourth year MBBS student from Kerala, sources said.

It is said that at around 11.30 pm the girl had been waiting outside the Manipal University library, when an auto with four men came and stopped near her. The men, all said to be auto drivers, allegedly took her away forcibly and sexually assaulted her.

The identities of the men are not yet known, but the police is hopeful of catching them with the help of CCTV footage.

The girl was admitted to hospital.

Investigations are on.


Casteist remarks: Assistant professor booked

Tribune News Service

Patiala, April 30
The police today booked an assistant professor of Rajindra Medical College for allegedly making cast-based remarks against an MBBS student. The FIR comes ten days after Raj Kumar Verka, vice chairman, National Commission for Scheduled Castes, visited Patiala, met the aggrieved student and directed the Patiala police to register a case.

Teaching staff of the college is up in arms against the “one-sided act” of the police.

The police said the FIR was registered against Rajindra Medical College assistant professor Dr Harsimran Singh on the complaint filed by MBBS student Anmolpreet Singh. In his complaint to the police, Anmolpreet stated that the accused professor had passed caste-based remarks against him in front of the entire class.

Following the complaint and a preliminary probe, the police registered a case under Sections 3 (1), (10) of the SC, ST Act 1989 against the accused at the civil lines police station.

Sources said it was only after the chairman of National Commission for Scheduled Castes asked the district police chief to register a case that the accused was booked. They said the accused could be arrested anytime as the sections were non-bailable. However, with over 100 students as witnesses and many of them willing to give their statement in the case, the police might take more time to investigate the matter. “While some students have backed the victim, others have told us a different story,” said a police source.

Patiala SSP Gurpreet Singh Gill said they were investigating the matter and statements of witnesses would be recorded. “It is too early to say anything but we are sure the investigation will be done in an impartial manner,” Gill said.

Teachers from the general category are opposing the registration of the case, claiming that the student was under the influence of a senior professor, who was known for using such tactics to settle personal scores.

Seven similar complaints had been received — three at the medical college and four at Rajindra Hospital. In August 2012, three such complaints were filed by Class IV employees of the hospital. However, following investigations, it was found that none of the complaints were genuine.

“We are for strict punishment against anyone using caste remarks against anyone but it is hard to believe that an assistant professor would use such words in a classroom without a valid reason,” said a senior doctor. “Such cases will cause a rift instead of bridging it and we demand an impartial probe. Till then, those involved in the case should be shifted from their positions so that students are under no pressure,” he said.


#India-12th Plan will triple spending on health #Election #Vote #Joke

IANS  New Delhi, November 3, 2012 | UPDATED 22:54 IST

12th Plan will triple spending on health: PM

Tags: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
Manmohan Singh
Prime Minsiter Manmohan Singh.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singhon Saturday said the 12th Five Year Plan will enhance spending on health up to three times and that more medical and nursing colleges were needed to overcome a shortage of trained human resourcesin the sector.Speaking at the foundation stone laying of the Lady Hardinge Medical Collegeproject here, the prime minister also said that health indicators reflected a country’s overall well-being.”Recognising the need to provide for the complex challenges in the health sector, the allocation for health has been enhanced three times in the 12th Plan as compared with the 11th Plan allocation,” he said.He said the government was paying more attention to medical education. In the last three years, the number of MBBS seats in medical colleges rose by over 30 percent and the seats for post-graduate programmes by 51 percent.

“However, the availability of trained human resources remains a challenge. We need to set up more nursing and medical colleges to increase both undergraduate and postgraduate seats in the 12th Plan,” he said.

The prime minister said that nutrition, drinking water, sanitation, housing and education, particularly of the girl child, were increasingly being underlined as the social determinants of health.

He added that generic drugs would be made available free in all public hospitals across the country to help the poor reduce their out of pocket expenditure on health


Court Battle- Denial of admission to MBBS course in AFMC


girl student from the Capital has moved the Delhi High Court challenging denial of admission to MBBS course by Pune’s Armed Forces Medical College(AFMC) to her on medical grounds.

On the plea by Vidushi Gupta for the court’s directions to the Centre and the AFMC for consideration of her candidature for admission, Justice G S Sistani issued notices to the medicalcollege, the Directorate General Health Services (DGHS) and the Medical Council of India (MCI). The court asked them to file their replies by August 8 and also directed the college to keep a seat vaccant for her till disposal of the matter.

Having regard to the fact that petitioner is otherwise eligible for the seat and the respondent, having granted provisional admission to her, will not fill up till the next date of hearing the one last seat, which is stated to be lying vacant/available as of today,” said Justice Sistani. Gupta, who claimed to have qualified in the merit list for admission against the vacant seats for the academic year 2012-13, was disqualified by the college on the ground of medical unfitness as a mass was found in her ovary during medical examination.

Her counsel Ashok Aggarwal submitted before the court that the act of college is illegal, unjustified, arbitrary, discriminatory, punitive, unconstitutional and violative of the fundamental rights guaranteed in the Indian Constitution. The lawyer said the prospectus for the MBBS Entrance Examination, 2012 has failed to mention ‘medical unfitness” as a ground for disqualification.

In her petition, Gupta said the mass which is inactive could be removed by a minor surgery and her father’s request to college to provide 2 weeks’ time to remove the mass was also arbitrarily denied. “The mass in the left ovary is merely a dormant minor cyst which would not affect the healthy life of the petitioner in any manner whatsoever and therefore, the college was not justified in rejecting the candidature of the petitioner,” her lawyer argued. The court slated the matter for next hearing on August 8.


Doctors signed into rural work, Maharashtra can’t place them

Medical students

Medical students (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Anuradha Mascarenhas : Pune, Thu May 03 2012,

The general reluctance shown by doctors to serve in rural areas has all but disappeared. In Maharashtra, so many medical students have agreed that there are now more willing doctors than the state can accommodate. Maharashtra has 1,500 posts of medical officer vacant; for these there are 3,000 applications, says Dr G S Chinde, director of health services.

It is not that the new crop of students has suddenly become more sensitive to the requirement of rural service. It’s just that should they want to skip a year’s stint in villages, the bond money has become unaffordable.

Maharashtra’s 14 medical colleges yield 2,000 MBBS graduates every year, of whom around 700 enrol in a postgraduate course. After MBBS, a medical graduate is required to sign a bond with the government to serve in rural areas for a year. If they opt to skip this, they need to pay Rs 10 lakh. The payment was Rs 1 lakh initially, raised to Rs 5 lakh in 2004 and doubled in 2010.

From students who signed a bond of Rs 5 lakh, the Directorate of Medical Education and Research has collected barely Rs 50 lakh, compared to Rs 3 crore collected in three years from students who had signed for Rs 1 lakh.

Dr Pravin Shingare, state director of medical education and research, said since the hike to Rs 10 lakh, over 4,000 doctors have enrolled for rural service.

The bond is higher for postgraduate and super-specialty doctors, Rs 50 lakh and Rs 2 crore. Now, the authorities are wondering where to place these highly qualified doctors.

“We are scrutinising the applications so that the doctor’s specialisation can be suitably utilised,” an official said. The delay in doing this has led to several students writing to the DMER that they have not got any response to their applications. Shingare said he has got more than 30 such letters and will write to the health department to start filling the vacancies. “The DMER has in fact listed 400 vacancies at Employees State Insurance Corporation hospitals.”

The health department is also trying to fill vacancies under NRHM, which needs 400 school-level health medical officers.

Tribal student at AIIMS hangs self

Durgesh Nandan Jha, TNN | Mar 5, 2012

NEW DELHI: A first-year MBBS student at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, who hailed from a village in Rajasthan and was the second topper in the Scheduled Tribe category at the all-India medical entrance test, allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself from the ceiling fan of his hostel room on Saturday.

Anil Kumar Meena, 22, was reportedly struggling to cope with the English-medium teaching at the institute. His friends and family members alleged that Anil, the son of a tribal farmer in Baran district, had been facing discrimination at the institute due to his rural background and Hindi-medium education.

MBBS students at AIIMS have decided to boycott classes from Monday, demanding the resignation of institute director, Dr R C Deka, over Anil’s death. Anil was depressed for the past few days as he had failed to clear his first-year exams and was to reappear as a fresh candidate for the semester tests starting Monday.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (South) Chaya Sharma said Anil had locked himself up in his hostel room throughout Saturday. “His concerned friends called the security guard and made him look through the room ventilator on Sunday morning. The guard found him hanging. No suicide note was found,” she said.

Sharma said the body had been sent for post mortem and that cops were probing all angles.

Anil had got admission in the 2010-11 batch but he was barred from taking the final exam due to low attendance. He was asked to take supplementary exams three months later in which he failed.

Exam stress: Second suicide at AIIMS in 2 years

Anil Kumar Meena’s friends expressed shock at his suicide. “We played cricket together on Friday afternoon. After that, he also came over to my hostel room in the night to watch a comedy serial. Though he was sad over his poor results, he did not appear suicidal,” said Rajendra Ghunawat, a second-year student who was the first person to inform other hostel mates about Anil not coming out of his room. Ghunawat said he last saw Anil around 2.30am on Saturday when he went to the first floor of the hostel to fetch water.

“He was sitting silently and did not respond to my call. I left thinking he might be sleepy. We did not see him the next day and finally called the guards on Sunday,” he said.Omesh Meena, the victim’s cousin, claimed that the teachers had declared at the last moment that only 50% marks of the main exam will be counted and the rest will be from internal assessment.

“Anil was a bright student. He scored 75% marks in senior secondary school and had second rank in AIPMT 2010 in the ST category. Because he was from a Hindi medium background, he faced problems understanding the lectures. He was also taking private tuitions in English,” he said. “Anil missed a lot of classes in the first year because teachers did not really help him overcome the language barrier and he felt humiliated,” Omesh claimed. AIIMS Students’ Union president Tungish Bansal held the institute director morally responsible for Anil’s death.

“This is the second death of an MBBS student over exam-related issues. Two years ago, a final-year had committed suicide. But no remedial measures have been taken. The director refused to meet the victim despite several attempts made by him over the past 10 days,” said Bansal. Students took out a candlelight march on Sunday evening and gheraoed AIIMS director R C Deka, demanding his resignation. Deka did not respond to TOI’s calls.Rani Kumar, the dean of examinations at AIIMS said there was no caste-based discrimination and the institute had taken several measures like forming a stress management committee to look into problems faced by students.


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