SMO booked for sexual harassment in Panchkula District

TC PANCHKULA: The police have booked a doctor, who is posted as a senior medical officer (SMO) at a primary health centre in the district, on the charge of sexually harassing a woman health worker. The complainant, an auxiliary nurse midwife, told the police that the said SMO was posted recently at a village primary health centre here. Soon after his posting, the doctor started behaving with the staff members in an indecent and obscene manner, she alleged, adding that he would also use abusive language with the employees.

In her case, he would call her to his office room on one pretext or the other and try to touch her. On November 22, he asked her to bring a report to his residence after the duty hours. The woman said she, along her brother, went to his quarters with the report he had demanded. When they entered his quarters, they found a semi-clad SMO lying on his bed in a drunken state, she alleged.

When her brother raised an objection to her being called to his residence at 6.30pm, the doctor allegedly threatened to kill him. The woman said she somehow managed to flee the spot and moved the police complaint. She said she stayed with her brother and her kids and that the SMO’s act had left her harassed mentally.

On hearing about the incident, the village sarpanch and residents also reached the police station in her support. “I am scared and under mental pressure. My family and villagers supported me in filing a case against the doctor. Cops must take strict action against him,” she said.

Based on the complaint, the police have registered a case under sections 354-A (sexual harassment) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code against the SMO, said inspector Pinjore police station SHO Yashdeep Singh.

(The victim’s identity has not been revealed to protect her privacy as per Supreme Court directives on cases related to sexual assault)

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