Thursday, 18 July 2019

Doctor fired from job after Sharmeen accused him of ‘harassment’ by sending her sister FB friend request

SHARMEEN OBAID

KARACHI: A medic who was accused of harassing his woman patient, sister of Pakistan’s Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy: The Oscar double winner was sacked by Aga Khan University Hospital on Friday.

The medic allegedly sent Facebook friend request to his patient after she saw him for a checkup which was branded harassment by Chinoy in social media posts.

The incident has ignited a debate over whether it was breach of the doctor-patient terms and more so, does Chinoy’s accusation stand right or it doesn’t.

Karachi in-charge of the cyber crime cell of Federal Investigation Agency said that a Facebook request that can be accepted and rejected does not qualify as harassment.

However, Digital Rights Foundation chairperson Nighat Dad said that although it was a breach of patient-doctor confidentiality, sacking is a bit too harsh.

A top court lawyer, Khalil Ahmed said that let alone harassment, sending Facebook request does not even qualify as an offence.

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