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Woman corporator assaults lady doctor in Pune

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A lady corporator from the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has been booked by the Pune police for allegedly assaulting a female doctor at the city’s Sassoon General Hospital in the wee hours of Wednesday. Arti Kondhare, the BJP corporator has been booked based on a complaint from the doctor at the Bund Garden police station.

Ms. Kondhare reportedly stormed into the hospital’s emergency care unit and demanded the doctor on duty that a patient she had brought with her receive priority treatment.

Dr. Snehal Khandagale (26), who was on duty, told Ms. Kondhare to first get a CT scan done of the patient, who reportedly suffered a head injury as she turned to attend to other patients.

Feeling insulted at this, the BJP leader allegedly threatened to report her to the dean of Sassoon Hospital and other higher authorities.

Ms. Kondhare then attempted to record the incident on her mobile phone camera.

When Dr. Khandagale attempted to stop this, the corporator slapped her and left in a huff after verbally abusing the doctor.

The shaken doctor later lodged a complaint at the Bund Garden police station.

“A heated exchange took place between the lady doctor and the corporator after the former told Ms. Kondhare that certain procedures would have to be adhered to before the patient she had brought in could be treated. The complainant has said that the corporator, after assaulting her physically and verbally, threatened to report her to her superiors as she ‘delayed’ in treating her [Ms. Kondhare’s] patient,” said Senior Police Inspector M.M. Mujawar, speaking to The Hindu.

Mr. Mujawar informed that a case under sections 332 (voluntarily causing hurt to deter public servant from his duty) and 351(assault) among other sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) had been lodged against the BJP leader and that further investigations were on.

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