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Kerala Government Finally Allows Female Nurse to Join Kozhikode Medical College after Protests and Six-Day Delay

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Kerala govt allows female nurse to join Kozhikode Medical College after six days delay, protests, ET HealthWorld

A female nursing officer, P B Anitha, whose appointment at the Government Medical College in Kozhikode was delayed, finally entered service on Sunday after a six-day delay. The Kerala High Court had ordered her appointment in the vacancy that would arise on April 1, following her petition against the government’s decision to transfer her to Idukki Medical College. Anitha alleged that the transfer was a retaliation for her testimony in a sexual assault case at the Kozhikode Medical College Hospital.

The High Court ruled in favor of Anitha, stating that her transfer appeared to be a form of punishment without proper inquiry or disciplinary proceedings. Despite the court order, when Anitha reached the hospital on April 1, she was informed that there was no government order for her appointment. This led to her protesting outside the hospital, garnering support from the Congress and BJP in criticizing the Left government and Health Minister Veena George.

In response to the criticism, the minister announced that Anitha would be appointed to the vacant post, pending final orders from the High Court. The state government has filed a petition seeking a review of the High Court’s order. The minister clarified that all government actions were aimed at safeguarding the interests of the sexual assault victim, whose case Anitha had supported.

The victim also came out in support of Anitha, highlighting the importance of standing up for survivors of assault. The incident has raised concerns about the government’s handling of the case and its treatment of those advocating for justice.

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