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Row over principal comments
- Charges of sexual harassment net medical college chief, doctors take guard

Controversy around Amar Kant Jha Amar is far from over with the Patna Medical College principal being condemned for making “sexist comments” a day after he was detained for allegedly molesting a girl from Jharkhand.

The dermatologist, due to retire in June, said at the Indian Medical Association office on Wednesday: “The lady did not have such a beautiful face that any person would think of molesting her. Even I did not have any such ill-intention towards her.”

A 22-year-old girl lodged a complaint with Pirbahore police station against Amar — appointed principal of Patna Medical College this February after a stint as Patna Medical College and Hospital superintendent — for eve-teasing and attempted molestation on Tuesday night. According to the complaint, Amar misbehaved with her when she had gone to his private clinic at Makhaniya Kuan for treatment of a scar on her face.

The girl, along with a relative from Sahebganj, went to his clinic at the appointed time of 9.30pm. She alleged that while treating Amar misbehaved with her following which she ran out and told her relative about the same. Later, Amar was booked under IPC section 354, which is a bailable offence.

Senior superintendent of police Manu Maharaaj said: “Our team rescued Amar from the mob. As per provisions in section 41 of the CrPc, the police have the power to serve a notice on the accused and release him. The notice states that the accused should be ready to be produced in court and should also prepare for bail. This is done in case of those accused who are not habitual offenders.”

Amar, however, defended himself: “I had told her that for the treatment, I would have to use cotton to put cream on her face. She misunderstood it and thought that I was touching her inappropriately.” Amar added that he was being framed as he had taken action against a PMCH staff recently.

On the other hand, Chandramukhi Devi, a former member of the State Women’s Commission, said proper action should be initiated against Amar. “Such kind of statements cannot be pardoned. The police and the administration should take stern action against him for this kind of remarks,” she said.