Nurse accuses hospital chief of sexual harassment
SHIBRGHAN (PAN): A nurse at a civil hospital in northern Jawzjan province has accused the hospital chief of attempted sexual abuse.
The alleged victim claimed the hospital director has repeatedly asked her for sexual receptivity. Outraged by the repeated demand for sexual affairs by the chief, Shukria, the nurse who uses only one name, said she resorted to disclose the issue to the media as she had no other choice.
The director of the hospital, Rahmatullah Haidari, rejected the allegation as baseless and requested the victim to provide evidence.
Shukria told Pajhwok Afghan News: “I have eight children and never faced such issue in my nine-year career with the health sector.”
She said Haidari had asked her repeatedly to have sex with him over the past month.
“Haidari told me the bed is ready, go to the bedroom, I will come. He was approaching toward me, but I managed to flee his office,” Shukria explained.
She said she could not quit the job thanks to economic problems facing her family.
She said that she had shared the issue with the provincial civil hospital chief and two of her colleagues, and asked them for assistance.
Mahtab, 42, one of her colleagues, said she has seen Shukria time and again hiding herself from the chief.
"Once I saw Haidari telling her in Uzbeki language “Kecha Kelmading" meaning you did not come tonight," Mahtab said.
Some other workers of the hospital also confirmed the issue.
Qudratullah, administrative head, Syed Hamidullah, human resource officer, Nizamuddin, inventory officer and Dr. Mirwais Amimi, the provincial civil hospital director, all confirmed the issue to Pajhwok in separate interviews, saying that Rahmatullah Haidari was told in a meeting when all hospital staffers were also in attendance on July 18: “Mr. Hadari! Hospital is a holy place and women are working in various parts of the hospital.”
According to these officials, Haidari, based on the complaint of a female servant of the hospital, was asked to give up the unethical and indecent behavior, or else will face bad consequences and a harsh reaction.
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