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Why are doctors protesting? 2,500 doctors detained, taken to Sarojini Nagar police station, here’s what we know

The Federation of Resident Doctors Association (FORDA) issued an official statement which states that the consequence of their demands left unheard will be the mass resignation by resident doctors nationwide.



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The protests being done by resident doctors in Delhi is not likely to come to a halt anytime soon. Doctors from medical colleges all around the capital city have joined the protests as well. The Federation of Resident Doctors Association (FORDA) issued an official statement which states that the consequence of their demands left unheard will be the mass resignation by resident doctors nationwide.

Followed by this, 2,500 resident doctors who were marching towards Ministry of Health and Family Welfare were detained at Sarojini Nagar police Station in Delhi.

Why are doctors protesting?

Doctors have been protesting in Delhi for the past 11 days to have their demands met. In the protest in front the Union health ministry’s office, the doctors are asking the government to get on with academic counselling to admit 50,000 MBBS doctors who have cleared the postgraduate National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET-PG) that was conducted in September, 2021. Through this counselling, students will be admitted into medical colleges and begin with their study and care work as junior residents for three years.

The entrance exam NEET-PG is conducted in January as a rule. However, as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, the entrance exam was postponed to September. The government has also delayed the counselling from March to November. As a consequence, 50,000 medical workers are missing from hospitals. This has put excessive strain on frontline workers.

As it happens, the ministry shares similar concerns. The root of this problem is not the lack of concern, it is the lack of coordination between different ministries.

What is the EWS quota

The Government of India passed a law in January, 2019, that reserved a ten per cent quota in medical seats for the unreserved/general category’s economically backward sections (EWS), that went through Parliament. A candidate will have to be from the general category to qualify under this quota. Their annual family income should also be less than Rs 8 lakh.

The law faced disagreements and it was challenged in the Supreme Court in March, 2019. Its constitutional validity was questioned as the same annual family income ceiling is also stated in Other Backward Class reservation. The case was referred to the Constitution Bench by the Supreme Court. It remains pending till date.

Outcome of Supreme Court hearings

After 2019, the case was again taken up by the Supreme Court in 2022. During the hearing of the second petition on October 21, 2022, the government was accused of creating unequal equals through the law. As a measure to appease the apex court, the government announced that the NEET-PG counselling will not take place until the law’s validity is decided.

The next hearing took place on November 25, 2022, government spokesperson solicitor-general Tushar Mehta said that the counselling will not be commenced until a three-member committee revisits the EWS criteria. He insisted that the quota’s implementation should not be delayed till next year. The next court hearing is set on January 6, 2022.

The Union social justice Ministry has constituted a three-member committee. The Union Health Ministry stands firm with the doctors issue as the entire healthcare system, as well as lakhs of students are suffering because of this delay.

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Future effects

The government has already released the examination schedule for 2022-23 session. It will happen on March 12, 2022, without the 2021-22 batch getting enrolled.

This is likely to create a cluster of confusion. Junior residents cannot possibly pass out in time if the counselling doesn’t get commenced at the earliest. And that will affect the admission process for senior residents as well. A spillover effect seems inevitable.

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AAP shares video of Manish Sisodia being manhandled by cops, Delhi Police issues clarification



The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Tuesday claimed that former Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia was allegedly “manhandled” by the cops as he tried to address some reporters at the Rose Avenue Court where he was due for a bail hearing.

Sharing a video of the incident which showed the jailed AAP leader being grabbed by the collar by a police official and pulled away from the press, Delhi Education Minister Atishi Singh wrote on Twitter: “Shocking misbehaviour by this policeman with Manish ji in Rouse Avenue Court.”

The AAP minister demanded the immediate suspension of the Delhi policeman seen in the video.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal shared Atishi’s post and asked if the cops have the right to mistreat Sisodia and wondered if they’ve been asked to do this by “higher authorities.”

Responding to the video, the Delhi Police termed the AAP’s allegations as “propaganda” and claimed that the police response as seen in the video was mandated from a security point of view as it is unlawful for an accused in judicial custody to issue statements to the media.

Meanwhile, Delhi’s Rose Avenue Court today extended Manish Sisodia’s judicial custody till June 1 in connection with a money laundering case related to the purported liquor scam case.

Earlier this month, the Delhi High Court had asked the Enforcement Directorate (ED) to file a response to the bail request by Sisodia who was arrested by the probe agency in connection with the purported liquor policy scam case.

On April 28, Sisodia was denied relief by a trial court which dismissed his bail plea on April 28 while observing that evidence prima facie “speaks volumes of his involvement in commission of the offence.”

The senior AAP leader was arrested by the ED on March 9 in Tihar Jail where he was lodged after being arrested by the CBI in connection with the alleged Delhi liquor policy scam case.

Manish Sisodia was arrested by the CBI on February 26 in connection with its ongoing probe into the purported Delhi excise policy ‘scam’ case.

At an earlier hearing, the ED had told the court that Sisodia was allegedly involved in “large-scale destruction of digital evidence to impede the investigation” and had purportedly changed and destroyed 14 phones.

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Delhi man stabbed to death by teen in scuffle over liquor bottle: Police

A 35-year-old man was allegedly stabbed to death by a 19-year-old teenager following an argument over a bottle of liquor in Shahdara area of national capital Delhi, officials said on Monday.



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A 35-year-old man was allegedly stabbed to death by a 19-year-old teenager following an argument over a bottle of liquor in Shahdara area of national capital Delhi, officials said on Monday.

According to the police, the victim, Rahul (35) was stabbed multiple times by the accused, identified as Karan (19) after an argument over a liquor bottle.

Giving details, a senior police official said that on the night of May 6 in Vishwas Nagar, the accused had tried to snatch a liquor bottle from a man named Suraj, resulting in a scuffle between the two. Soon, Suraj’s brother Rahul joined in the fight and the two brothers slapped the teenager several times.

The official said that later that night, the accused, Karan, eager to get his revenge for the beating, lay in wait and intercepted Rahul when he was returning home, and stabbed him multiple times with a sharp-edged weapon.

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The victim was rushed to a hospital where he succumbed due to blood loss and punctured organs, the official said.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (Shahdara) Rohit Meena said the accused had fled to Gujarat’s Surat after the incident but the cops were able to track him after he called his father from an unknown known and revealed his plans to flee to Mumbai.

However, before he could jump cities again, a team of Delhi Police, accompanied by the Surat Police Crime Branch, managed to nab him on Saturday from a factory yard in Surat where he was working.

The senior officer said that Karan had dropped out of school after the COVID-19 lockdown and wasn’t on good terms with his family as he had become addicted to alcohol and used to drink daily.

The DCP said that a case of murder under section 302 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), has been registered against the accused, adding that further investigation is underway.

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43-year-old peon held for molesting 4-year-old girl in Delhi school: Police



In a shocking incident, a four-year-old girl was allegedly molested by a 43-year-old peon at her school in Rohini area of national capital Delhi, police said on Thursday, adding that the accused has been arrested.

According to the police, the minor girl’s mother had filed a complaint at the South Rohini police station on Wednesday against the school peon for allegedly molesting her daughter. The incident, as per the complaint, took place on Tuesday (May 10).

A senior police official said that based on the complaint, a case was registered against the accused under section 354B (assault or use of criminal force to woman with intent to disrobe) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and section 10 (punishment for aggravated sexual assault) of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO).

The official said that the police had only a single clue regarding the identity of the accused that he had a moustache.

The official further said that the child underwent a medical examination and a counseling session at a hospital, adding that the accused, 43-year-old Sunil Kumar– a resident of Sultanpuri, was arrested on Thursday morning after he was identified by the minor victim.

Further investigation is underway, he added.

In a similar incident, a five-year-old girl was allegedly molested by a Pizza delivery boy in southeast Delhi on Sunday.

A senior official of the Delhi Police said the accused, identified as Amit, working as a delivery boy for a multinational Pizza outlet, was arrested for allegedly molesting a five-year-old child while she playing near the stairs inside a residential building in southeast Delhi where the family resides.

The official said the incident came to light when the child told her parents that a pizza delivery boy had touched her inappropriately while she was playing on the staircase. The girl’s family was not home at the time of the incident, he said.

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