Intimidation of Kozhikode MCH sexual assault survivor: Suspension of accused staffers to continue

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Govt Medical College, Kozhikode

Kozhikode: Medical College Hospital (MCH) authorities here on Thursday cancelled the order revoking the suspension of staffers accused of intimidating a woman who was allegedly sexually assaulted in the ICU. The new order comes in the wake of the direction from the District medical office (DMO).

MCH's previous order had reinstated the accused in service. The then order said charges against the employees could not be substantiated. It also added that the suspension period will be considered duty served. The order stoked controversy and the health department had been receiving flak over it. The survivor woman lodged a police complaint over the same.

The apparent damage control measure comes at this juncture. DMO directed the MCH principal to cancel the previous order.

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Meanwhile, Health Minister Veena George claimed that the accused staffers were reinstated without the knowledge of the health department.

The alleged sexual assault happened on March 18. Attender Saseendran was accused of sexually assaulting the woman who underwent surgery for her thyroid. He was arrested and he along with other colleagues allegedly threatened the survivor to protect him.

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