2004-01-04 22:00:44 UTC
PRANAVA K CHAUDHARY
TIMES NEWS NETWORK[ SUNDAY, JANUARY 04, 2004 11:15:35 PM ]
PATNA: "After a long wait, I got a job in the health department. After a few
months, I got an 'invitation' to attend the birthday party of my boss' son.
When I reached his house, I was surprised to find no sign of any party there.
My boss was alone in the house. He made it clear if I wanted a favourable
evaluation of my performance, I would have to accept his sexual advances. I was
angry and frightened, but what could I do? He was so powerful and had full
control over my career."
This is a female doctor, responding to a survey on sexual harassment. Conducted
by Equity Foundation, an organisation working for women and children, at
various levels of the medical profession in Patna, the survey has more than 80
per cent of the respondents saying sexual harassment is more prevalent in their
profession as compared to any other.
The respondents maintained most of the "harassers" are senior doctors, besides
fellow medical students, interns and resident doctors.
Nearly three-fourth of the respondents said they had been, or were still being,
sexually harassed - more than once in many cases. Some of them, including
doctors in government health services, described how they had received
"invitations" for a date from senior doctors before granting requests for
letters of recommendation, or before completing their performance appraisals,
the survey report says.
The survey was conducted from October to December 2003, in which 200 female
medical professionals, such as resident doctors, interns and nurses, including
those in government health services, were interviewed through a questionnaire.