Bhopal: In another embarrassment for the Madhya Pradesh government in the week, a video of male doctors at a local district hospital in Bhind examining women police recruits as part of their medical examination surfaced on Wednesday.
In the clip, a male doctor is seen examining a woman constable while two male police recruits dressed only in their undergarments are seen standing in a line for their medical examination in the same room.
The report, quoting the civil surgeon of the district hospital, added that an inquiry had been instituted and show cause notices had been issued to five doctors. A female doctor has now been deputed to examine the women recruits.
Earlier in the week, candidates appearing for the post of constables in Madhya Pradesh were ‘marked’ with their castes during a medical examination.
Candidates undergoing medical exams at a district hospital in Dhar had their castes – ‘scheduled caste’, ‘scheduled tribe’ and ‘general’ – written on their bare torso.
In the medical exam, OBC and SC candidates should be at least 168 cm, while an ST candidate should be 160 cm. There is also relaxation for candidates in chest measurement. Civil surgeon Dr Khare, who is heading the medical board said the marking was done by the police department to identify candidates.
This isn’t the first time such an incident has occurred in Madhya Pradesh. Earlier, in October 2016, students were given schoolbags which helped identify their castes
These bags which were distributed among 250 of the 600 undergraduate and post-graduate SC/ST students, mentions that they have been distributed under the “SC/ST scheme”.
Reacting to incident, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan said, “We are taking this very seriously, strictest action will be taken against those found responsible. A probe is underway.”