There was an article in the Chennai edition of “The Hindu” on the 23rd September,2004 where The All India Democratic Women Association (AIDWA) had moved the court against alleged humiliation of women in the recruitment process of Indian Army.
I very much respect the pivotal and productive role played by AIDWA in safeguarding the interests of women in various issues. But this time I think they are dragging things a bit too far.
Their contention is that women army recruits are subjected to “intimate physical examination” by male doctors during the medical examination conducted as part of recruitment procedure. I think this statement is highly immoral and unethical and a great insult to the medical fraternity at large. How can somebody call a detailed medical examination conducted by a qualified Doctor appointed by the Indian Army to be an “Intimate physical examination”. The meaning of the word “intimate” denotes a close personal relationship or something with a sexual intention. I definitely feel to generalise the relationship between a Doctor and a patient as “intimate” here is highly objectionable and abusive to the noble profession of medicine.
Does the AIDWA mean that every case where a male doctor examines a female amounts to an “intimate physical examination” and should be banned. This is because they cannot specifically state that only the medical examination conducted in the course of army recruitment can fall under “intimate physical examination” which would then amount to an allegation of sexual abuse on the doctors concerned. And if the ban is put to effect as desired by the AIDWA, then no female hereafter can ever approach a male doctor for consultation in India.
WILL YOU CALL THIS A SERVICE OR DISSERVICE TO THE FEMALE FRATERNITY BY AIDWA