MUMBAI: A 28-year-old doctor of St George’s Hospital has been sacked for molesting a 14-year-old patient in front of her 68-year-old grandmother in the hospital, who had to be admitted to the ICU after witnessing the incident.
The MRA Marg police have registered a case of molestation and are on the lookout for the accused, Akshay Ahirrao, who is allegedly trying to flee the country and is scheduled to leave for Singapore on June 29. The girl along with her grandmother had come to the hospital on June 21 for a checkup as she was suffering from high fever.
A source said Ahirrao has approached the Medical Councilof India (MCI). “The girlwas admitted after the doctor stated that she needed medicines and hospitalization on June 21. Next day, he called her into the checking room while there was no female staff present. Only her grandmother was standing nearby,” said a relative of the victim. “The doctor molested the girl and seeing this, her grandmother fell sick and had to be admitted to ICU.”
The relative said the doctor tried to molest the girl again, but by then she had started refusing to be examined by him. “We approached the hospital’s superintendent, Dr J B Bhawani ,who assured complete cooperation tous and action against Ahirrao . The girl is going through severe trauma and is not talking to anyone. We have been visiting this hospital, but such an incident has happened for the first time,” said another relative.
The hospital authorities acted fast on the complaint. “We have terminated Dr Ahirrao’s services for misbehaving with a female patient,” said Dr Bhawani . “We are not aware of what exactly happened. We have handed over CCTV footage to the police. As per our knowledge, Ahirraois married and hails from Ulhasnagar .”
Relatives of the victim insist the police should work hard to arrest Ahirrao before he leaves for Singapore, as planned. “The police have registered a criminal case. Now they can issue a lookout notice to the airport so that Ahirrao can be caught if he tries to flee the country ,” said a relative.