Police going in circles over molestation case

By Dilanthi Jayamanne and Norman Palihawadena


The Kohuwela Police yesterday said they would have to record a statement from hospital staff before questioning the trainee judicial medical officer (JMO) suspected of molesting a young woman at the Kalubowila Teaching Hospital (KTH).

Police sources said they had visited KTH to question the doctor concerned but he had not been present. The police would obtain a statement from him today (01) on the alleged incident last Friday (26) when the young woman was transferred to the KTH (Colombo South Teaching Hospital) from the Sri Jayawardenepura General Hospital (SJGH) following an assault by her boyfriend.

KTH Director Dr. Asela Gunawardana, who has also made a statement to the Kohuwela Police on the alleged incident, yesterday evening said that an investigation team from the Health Ministry was scheduled to arrive at the KTH today (01) to look into issue.

Director General Health Services (DGHS) Dr Palitha Mahipala has already issued instructions to bar the trainee JMO from entering the JMO unit of the Kalubowila hospital till the conclusion of investigations.

Director of the Sri Jayawardenepura General Hospital (SJGH) Dr. Susith Senaratne said the young woman had arrived at the SJGH last Friday (26) following the alleged incident to lodge a complaint. However, she had been advised, that the JMO concerned was only a trainee at the hospital and was not affiliated to its cadre. As a result a complaint was lodged with the Kohuwela Police.

She had also submitted a written statement to the SJGH Director, Dr Senaratne, that the trainee JMO had examined her without the presence of a female nurse or attendant and that since she had been struck on her face, she did not see any need for him to examine the upper part of her body. She said his action had made her uncomfortable.

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