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Sexual assult: Junior docs strike enters 2nd day

Written by: Staff

Bangalore, May 11: Outpatient services at three government hospitals in the city continued to be affected as the indefinite strike by about 400 junior doctors, in protest against a patient's husband assaulting a doctor for allegedly misbehaving with his wife, entered the second day today.

The junior doctors continued their protest, despite Karnataka Health Minister R Ashok urging them to withdraw their agitation.

Though he said their demands were under consideration, the agitators refused to give up their struggle and sought a written assurance from him.

The agitation was triggered following a patient's husband assaulting a junior doctor at the Victoria government hospital here on Tuesday last after his wife complained that she was sexually harassed when she went in for consultation.

Though the doctors had only been demanding adequate protection to them in the wake of the incident, today they listed out a few more demands, including reduction in PG course fee, entrance examination fee and room rent, besides hike in stipend.

Outpatient services at Victoria, Bowring and Vanivilas government hospitals were affected.


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