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Doctor beats woman without any reason, Minister assures inquiry

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Medical Superintendent of Valley’s lone Children’s Hospital allegedly beat up a woman attendant from the old Srinagar city to pulp, sparking tension in G.B.Panth Hospital on Saturday afternoon.

“Dr Munir Masoodi slapped me thrice on my face, kicked me from back and pushed me to wall,” Shamima Banoo from Fathekadal area of Srinagar told reporters with tearful eyes in Press Enclave Srinagar adding she could not bear this humiliation and is intending to commit suicide.

Narrating her woeful tale, Shamima Bano said that she has admitted her three-month-old granddaughter, Fariya Shabir in G.B.Hospital on Friday night.

“Being an attendant, I had laid a blanket in the corridor and was sitting there. Suddenly, Medical Superintendent, Dr Munir Masoodi passed from the corridor and asked me to leave the place. As I was packing up my blanket, he (Munir Masoodi) without any reason shouted at me and kicked and slapped me. I was dumbfounded and when tears rolled from my eyes, all the attendants present rebuked the MS but to my total surprise he threatened them all,” she said.

The woman said that the Doctor slapped her face thrice, kicked her back and forcibly pushed her to wall. “I could not bear this insult. I am forty plus, mother of two and a grandmother as well, how can the head of a hospital behave like a wild animal and take law in his own hands?” she questioned.

Her son Shabir Ahmed said that when he raised finger over this hooliganism of the Doctor, “He threatened me and told me that he will call the SHO of Ram Munshi Bagh and will lodge me in jail. Number of people including some nurses complained about his hooliganism there,” he said.

The doctor in question was not available for comments. However, when contacted, Medical Education Minister, Taj Mohi-u-Din told the news agency Kashmir News Trust that he will look into the matter. “No one is allowed to manhandle anyone. I will direct the Principal Government Medical College to visit the Hospital and ascertain the facts,” Taj said adding that Dr Munir Masoodi has brought a positive change in the hospital. [KNT]

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