Anti-graft body files case against two erring doctors

Kathmandu, November 2

The Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority today filed a charge-sheet against two doctors at the Special Court for preparing falsified medical report of a 12-year-old girl of Dhanusa, who was allegedly raped by Karan Mandal, 23, on August 24.

Joint Secretary Rameshwor Dangal, CIAA spokesperson, said Dr Vijay Kumar Singh and Dr Rambha Goit of Janakpur Zonal Hospital were charge-sheeted as per Section 19 (2) of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 2002, seeking maximum punishment for the accused.

As per the act, if any public servant prepares a fabricated report with mala fide intention, such a person shall be liable to a punishment of imprisonment for a term from three months to one year, along with a fine of up to Rs 50,000.

Earlier, Nepal Medical Council, the regulatory body of the country’s medical doctors, had suspended them. It had found Dr Singh and Dr Goit guilty of preparing the misleading report, which could have paved the way for the rape suspect to go scot-free. The duo had examined the victim on August 25.

Their report stated that the girl’s hymen was intact and there was no wound to prove that she had been raped.

Unconvinced by the findings, the parents, with the support of police, on September 10 visited Siraha District Public Health Office to reconfirm the test result. The result of the second test, performed by Dr Rakesh DPHO, contradicted with the first one.