NEFIS protest assault on Manipuri nurse



July 16 2015

Delegation meets police officials on the issue of unsafe working conditions and racial attacks

Delhi, July 16 (MExN): Activists of North-East Forum for International Solidarity (NEFIS) gathered in protest outside the Hospital gate on Thursday in response to the physical assault on a Manipuri nurse of Dr RML Hospital.

According to a press release from NEFIS, the nurse from Manipur was attacked by a patient on the night of July 13 while on duty. The release informed that the patient was brought in as part of a medico-legal case and was accompanied by policemen.

Condemning the unsafe work atmosphere in the hospital, NEFIS stated that it considers the incident of women employees being attacked by patients during their work hours and more so during night shifts a huge problem. “Such violent assaults are not only a crime but also a violation of labour rights, such as the right to a safe work environment,” the release from NEFIS stated.

NEFIS further maintained that the recent attack on the nurse from Manipur also reflects how nurses and other workers from the North-East are exposed to racist attacks in their workplace and are highly vulnerable. The organisation strongly felt that most such attacks on North-East women and youth have a racist undertone, and stated that such attacks are facilitated in a large number of workplaces which have ad-hoc security arrangements.

NEFIS called for greater precautionary measures as well as proper surveillance of patients and urged RML Hospital to take the incident seriously. “Considering that the hapless nurse was attacked by a person accompanied by policemen and the immediate assistance she received in warding off her assailant came from a doctor, it is evident that the RML hospital administration has to take greater efforts at enhancing its own security measures and staff,” NEFIS maintained.

To this effect, NEFIS activists submitted a memorandum to the hospital’s Medical Superintendent. A delegation also met police officials at the nearest police station to apprise them of concerns regarding the lack of safety in RML and other hospitals. The delegation emphasised that in conditions of poor security, nurses and other healthcare workers from the North-East were falling easy targets because they looked different, the release informed.

Courtesy: The Morung Express


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