President Young Doctor Association Punjab chapter, Dr Salman Haseeb on Friday criticized authorities and government for terminating a male doctor over harassment and threatening a female doctor on social media.
In his press conference in Lahore, Dr. Haseeb said, YDA will not allow anyone to steal a person’s livelihood”.
YDA defends harassment charges against Male doctor
“There is no place for indecent, ideologically bankrupt people. They will not be allowed to attack [medical] professionals, remember that,” he said, reported Dawn News.
— Yda Punjab Official (@PunjabYda) September 22, 2019
He targeted Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf led Punjab government for ousting the male doctor without giving him a chance to defend himself. Dr Haseeb named Azhar Mashwani, the focal person of CM Punjab Usman Buzdar on social media, who first took notice of the tweets posted by female doctor.
The provincial health ministry took action against the doctor. Later Mashwani informed the female doctor named, Maryam, about his termination, claimed President YDA Punjab.
Woman was harassed for posting pictures of protest against Gujjarpura rape
Earlier this week, Maryam had posted the series of screenshots doctor abusing her. His disrespectful tweets came in response to her posts that included a picture from the public protest against the Lahore-Sialkot motorway gang-rape case. The male doctor jumped in and hurled abuses at the female doctor. In her complaint, she informed that the male doctor works in General Hospital in Lahore.
“This man thought it was okay to make sexually violent remarks to me. He’s a medical officer in Lahore General Hospital. Imagine such doctors who abuse women have the responsibility to treat people!,” tweeted female doctor.
A day later, Azhar responded to her tweet and said, ‘Informed by Punjab Health Department that action has been taken against him!.’
Thank you! Much appreciated. Update: https://t.co/or12hTWkM1
— Maryam (@maryamful) September 16, 2020
The press release issued by the YDA today states that the male doctor was terminated “due to a complaint by PTI social media female warrior”.
“We are living in a democracy where everyone should get the freedom of speech,” the statement read. “However, PTI officials didn’t issue any notice or didn’t involve cyber crime cell and heard both parties.”
The YDA Punjab demanded that both-male and female doctor-must be heard by cybercrime cell before the decision is being made.
On Sept 17, YDA President Haseeb himself targeted the female doctor on social media. He said, “Shame on this lady. If you cant handle social media fight why u start.”
In another tweet today he wrote, “I have not supported the abusive language of my doctor. Both the parties did wrong. Provoking heated arguments, abusing, and using slang is all shameful as a society but no support for the termination of a doctor on media trend.”
Pakistan does have strict anti-harassment laws.
GVS News Desk