Jharkhand Doctors to launch a strike, demanding security for their life and property
All doctors of the state will remain on strike in Jharkhand on March 1, demanding security for their life and property.
Billed as ‘Hartal’, they will boycott professional work in hospitals and clinics under the joint banner of the Indian Medical Association(IMA) and Jharkhand Chikitshah Seva Sangh(JCSS) across the state on Wednesday.
Their agitation is promoted by the Monday incident in which a famous Orthopaedic Dr Anchal was thrashed in a deadly attack by yet to be identified accused, causing head injury to him. He is undergoing treatment.
This is not an isolated case. Last few years, reports of violence against doctors, sometimes leading to grievous hurt or injury, are making headlines across the state of Jharkhand.
Several such incidences have been reported from both urban and rural areas of Jamtara, Dhanbad, Jamshedpur, Dumka, Lohardaga, Ranchi, Hazaribagh and Ramgarh also.
However, this menace has not been highlighted adequately. Whether the increase in reporting of violence truly represents a real increased awareness in the era of electronic mass(social) media and improved telecommunication systems need further assessment.
But one fact can not be questioned which is this. The lawbreakers who caused violence against doctors and others remained beyond the reach of the long arm of the law enforcing agencies of the state government led by Chief Minister Hemant Soren.
In effect, though violence against doctors or other medical fraternity made news, perpetrators and accused of the crime were never brought to justice. This has generated a strong wave of anger among doctors and paramedic staff in Jharkhand.
In protest against a murderous attack against Dr Anchal, an emergency meeting was convened. In this meeting members and office bearers of state unit IMA and JCSS unanimously decided to launch a statewide strike on March 1.
Their demand is onefold- provide security to them and their families. If the state government failed to address their grievance which appears to be genuine, the doctors have threatened to proceed on indefinite strike in Jharkhand.