KEM Hospital Students and Hostel Keepers Arrested for Harassing SC Student | Bombay News

Bhoiwada Police filed a First Information Report (FIR) against 16 people including 12 medical students studying at KEM Hospital and Seth Gordhandas Sunderdas (GS) Medical College and two doctors working at the hospital for harassing and ripping a student who belongs to the Mahar Community, which falls under the Scheduled Caste (SC) category.

The defendants were convicted under Sections 3(1)(i),(r)(s)(z) of the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989, Section 4 of the Maharashtra Prohibition of Ragging Act, 1999, Section 504 (intentionally insulting and thereby provoking a person) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code.

The 24-year-old victim is a third-year occupational therapy student at GS Medical College, which is attached to the city hospital.

In the FIR, the plaintiff stated that the accused students, some of whom are his roommates, abused him since December 2018. They made caste comments regarding his caste and threatened to kill him.

The student alleges that the defendant made him clean utensils, wash their clothes and sweep the floors on the premises of the college and the hostel. The FIR added that the accused made the victim stand on benches as physical punishment.

Earlier this month, a student allegedly snatched the complainant’s phone and called him a “miser” and a “beggar” and made reference to his caste, FIR said. HT saw a copy of the document.

“In March 2019, three of my roommates in the hostel room assaulted me and also made caste remarks saying, ‘You are from the Mahar community, why did you come here for studies?’ I was mentally harassed and tortured many times by the accused students. They used foul language and threatened to kill me. I was scared and filed many complaints. I emailed to the hospital administration, but they did not resolve the issue,” the plaintiff said in the FIR.

“We have recorded a breach and verified and further investigated the allegations. No arrests have yet been made,” said Pranay Ashok, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Zone 5, who holds an additional charge from Zone 4.

In April 2019, the student filed a complaint with the dean and other senior medical school officials and alleged that he was ragged and abused with caste insults by other students. However, the college administration reportedly ignored the student’s complaint, the official quoted above said.

When the 24-year-old complained about the treatment to the two medical guards at the college hostel, he was threatened by them that he would be expelled from the college, said a police official who did not did not wish to be quoted. .

On December 14, 2021, the student filed another complaint, after some students allegedly threatened to kill him. After submitting the letter to the dean, the student returned to his home village in Hingoli District.

In that letter of complaint, the student alleged that in August 2021, one of the accused students took him to a room and locked him inside. This accused student also threatened to assault him with a belt. After 15 to 20 minutes, the accused student allowed him to leave, but asked him to bring him milk, while other students laughed at him, according to the complaint.

He further wrote that although everyone was allowed to dry their clothes outside, the hostel guards yelled at him for doing so and asked him to maintain distance when interacting with them. “Such behavior is inhumane,” the student wrote in his complaint.

The complainant wrote that since the beginning of his second year of studies, some students harassed him. HT saw a copy of the letter.

On December 15, the college administration set up an anti-ragging investigation committee which ultimately concluded that no ragging had taken place because the student had not presented sufficient evidence to support his allegations. .

“The FIR was registered because the complainant was not satisfied with the findings of the college-appointed anti-ragging committee,” DCP Ashok said.

KEM Dean Dr Sangeeta Ravat said: “Initially a small committee was looking into the matter, but after I arrived a 21-member committee which also included independent NGO members, a journalist and two parents (in accordance with university guidelines) investigated the student’s complaint.The police were also present throughout this process.

“The committee recorded versions of students, teachers. The committee found no one who said anything in favor of him (the complainant) or supported his assertions. He had enough opportunities to express his problems so that they could be resolved. But nothing could be verified. Not a single student backed up his claims. He called three or four students, but they too said that they had also heard of his problems, but had not witnessed any incidents. He complained about alleged incidents inside hostel rooms which cannot be verified by CCTV footage,” she said.

“Additionally, we have formed a guardianship committee, which includes an anatomy teacher of his choice, to ensure that he does not face any problems until the end of his studies,” Ravat said.

The details of the measures taken by the hospital administration have been transmitted to the mayor and to the legal officer of the civic body.

Deputy Police Commissioner (Sion Division) Ashwini Patil, the investigator in charge of the case, said an internal KEM college commission looked into the matter. The student also filed a complaint with the state SC-ST commission on December 23, 2021

Chief Inspector of Bhoiwada Police Station, Jitendra Pawar said that according to the complainant, the accused students used caste slurs against the complainant. Police are currently collecting evidence and identifying witnesses to verify the student complainant’s allegations.

The applicant’s father runs a small shop in Hingoli and his mother is a housewife. Her older sister has completed her studies in dentistry.

Linda G. Ibarra