New Delhi: A week after 68 undergraduate students of a girls college in Bhuj were forced to strip to prove they weren’t menstruating, female trainee clerks of the Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC) were allegedly made to stand naked together in a room for a medical test in gynecology ward at a civic body-run hospital, prompting authorities to order a probe. Also Read - Police Team Reaches College in Bhuj After Uproar Over Menstruation Check on Hostel Girls
As per the reports the incident took place yesterday in the Surat Municipal Institute of Medical Education and Research (SMIMER) hospital, run by the SMC, on February 20. A day after on Friday, Banchhanidhi Pani, Surat Municipal Commissioner ordered a probe after the SMC Employees filed a complaint, in which they had alleged that unmarried women were too checked for pregnancy by female doctors. Also Read - 68 Girls Forced to 'Strip' in Bhuj College to Prove They Were Not Menstruating
“Instead of calling the women one after another in the room for the test, lady doctors made them stand naked in group of 10. This act of compelling them to stand naked with others is highly deplorable. This method is illegal and against humanity. It is necessary that each woman is checked separately,” said the union in its complaint.
Acting on the complaint, Pani formed a three -member committee to probe the allegations and submit a report in 15 days. The committee comprises former dean of the medical college Dr. Kalpana Desai, Assistant Municipal Commissioner Gayatri Jariwala and executive engineer Trupti Kalathia.
“As per rules, all trainee employees need to undergo a physical test to prove their physical fitness for the job upon the completion of their training period. Upon completion of their three years of training period, some female trainee clerks came to SMMER hospital for medical test, which is mandatory”, said Officials.
Surat Mayor Jagdish Patel also assured stern action against the culprits. “This issue is very serious. Such physical tests are conducted on all those employees who are getting permanent after finishing their training period. We will take strict action against the culprits if the allegations levelled by the women staffers are found to be true,” said Patel.