Madhya Pradesh government had to suffer major embarrassment after a small clip, showing medical examination of the new constable recruits, leaked on social media on Wednesday. As you would think what is so unusual with a video showing new recruits’ medical check-up? The fact is that the examination of both men and women happened in the same room in a district hospital in Bhind, Madhya Pradesh.

The clip showed a male doctor measuring height of women constables on one end of the room while on the other side, two men constables were standing in their underpants in front of another doctor.

On getting notified, the district collector Ilayaraja T called for an inquiry on basis of which he suspended the in-charge of the medical board, Devendra Sharma, and ordered strict action against the doctor for his behaviour. Apart from Sharma, the collector also suspended a jawan who was present at the hospital. However, the jawan claimed that a female doctor examined the women recruits but they had to go to the other room where men’s check-up was going on as it had the facility to measure height.

The video came on the first day of examination when the female doctors had come to check the women recruits.

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The medical check-up for 217 new recruits began on Tuesday and are still going on in groups. The video came on the first day of examination when the female doctors had come to check the women recruits.

Ilayaraja said that the hospital administration could have chosen different timings to examine men and women separately. Additional superintendent of police Guru Karan Singh also commented on the incident and said that the doctors were examining the recruits for flatfoot deformities and their heights. Men recruits go through an added check-up of chest expansion. He further said that no rule says that male doctors cannot measure the heights of women recruits but the fact that it happened in front of half-naked male recruits is objectionable.

Picture Credit: Premier Physician

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