A five-member committee has been formed in the incident
A doctor at Rajshahi Medical College Hospital (RMCH) has been accused of sexually harassing a nurse. The hospital authorities have formed an investigation committee
The name of the accused doctor is Mamun-ur-Rahman. He is doing a course on anesthesia at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University and came to RMCH as part of his work.
He passed MBBS from Islami Bank Medical College and is working in a private hospital in Chittagong. He came to RMCH after taking leave from his job.
He was training at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) where he harassed a nurse on January 18 and 19.
The next day he was relieved of his duties and a five-member investigation committee was formed.
According to the Nurses Association of RMCH, on January 18 at 11am in the ICU, A nurse, 25, was passing by Dr Mamun when he grabbed her private body part.
The nurse did not complain about the matter that day. The next day, the nurse was giving a tube to Dr Mamun for a patient when he grabbed her hand.
The nurse quickly moved away but Mamun grabbed her from behind and touched her back and chest.
The nurse first told one of her colleagues about the incident.
She then lodged a written complaint with Shahadatun Noor Lucky, president of the RMCH branch of Bangladesh Nurses Association, and its General Secretary Muhammad Khalilur Rahman.
On the same day they went to Dr Mamun to find out about the incident. Dr Mamun then said “sorry” to them for his behavior.
Then they all went to the hospital director’s office. The nurses there informed the Director Brig Gen Shamim Yazdani about Mamun’s behavior.
Dr Mamun was also present there and confessed to his crime.
The hospital director removed Mamun from his training until further notice. At the same time, he formed a five member team with the Vice President of RMCH, Dr Habibullah as the head. The committee is investigating the incident.
Meanwhile, the nurses’ organization alleges that the investigation committee is now trying to divert the incident.
The Nurses Association held an emergency meeting on Monday at noon to decide the next step. The meeting decided that even if the accused doctor was fired, they would announce a movement demanding punishment.
Shahadatun Noor Lucky, president of the RMCH branch of the Bangladesh Nurses Association, said: “This is where we work. This is where such an incident took place. We are waiting to see what punishment is being given to that doctor. We will review the situation and come to the next decision.”
Anwara Khatun, nursing superintendent of RMCH, and ICU in-charge Dr Abu Hena Mostafa Kamal said they heard there was an incident of sexual harassment in the hospital.
On the other hand, the doctor against whom are the allegations, Dr Mamun-ur-Rahman said: “It was a small problem. That can happen in many ways. I am being singled out as the sole culprit. What else can I say about this? My superiors are investigating. It is better to talk to them.”
“It’s a minor incident, nothing too serious,” said Brigadier General Shamim Yazdani, director of RMCH.
“I formed an investigation committee. The report was supposed to be submitted but did not arrive till Monday afternoon. The accused doctor has been relieved of duty from January 20.