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A Doctor’s Murder in Odisha

So, the long history of people in India taking the law in their hands and dealing out the so-called justice continues. These incidents are mostly incited by few individuals, many times by local goons, who have personal grudges against someone. They make people feel like victims and manipulate the entire mob by way of speech to implant bloodthirsty hatred in their minds. Most of the times it is found that the so-called ‘guilty’ was not at all guilty. He or she was just unlucky to fall prey to the vent of the angered mob or an individual who decided to meet out punishment without any enquiry or established proof. These cases are common in remote and backward places where the law keepers are not so influential or do not have adequate control means.

The recent cold-blooded murder of Dr Durbadala Mishra, 51, paediatric specialist and additional district medical officer of Subarnapur in Odisha, has created a wave of shock, fear and disbelief throughout the entire nation. On the fateful night of September 21, Dr Mishra’s body was found with his throat slit just ten meters away from his residence. The man arrested Pratyush Panda and his associates have reportedly confessed to the heinous act. The case has emerged as an incidence of ‘revenge killing’ for the death of Panda’s nephew who he believes, died due to “medical negligible” of Dr Mishra around eight months back.

Such incidences of a doctor being roughed up, mauled or killed by a mob is no news to the ear nowadays, owing to its sheer frequency. It discourages those few good doctors who, out of a sense of patriotism and service to people, are willing to let go of the chance to earn fat money in the cities and serve people in the villages instead. Still people don’t seem to care and such untoward incidences have failed to cease. What people do not realize is that it is they who are suffering, when a good doctor refuses to take up a government job in their area and decides instead to practice in private hospital in a big city. The city dweller, however, has innumerable options to choose from.

It is high time now that something serious is structured and formulated to avoid these kinds of incidences. There is a lot of expectation from the Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan who is a man of repute. He has to come up with a plan to provide tight and armed security, round the clock CCTV monitoring etc. However, most importantly, people should be made to understand. They have to wake up from their slumber, get out of the well of influence and act as responsible citizens to stop these incidences.

For this sake, awareness programmes can be organized throughout the nation at grassroots level. Local politicians, village headmen etc should be approached and included in the plans to ensure mass participation in these programmes. The media, social networks etc can also play an active role in spreading the message and reaching out to people. Punishments of such offences should be made stricter to instil fear in the minds of potential offenders. It is the government’s duty, however, to ensure that a sense of faith in the system prevails amongst people and they strongly believe that justice is meted out if someone is neglecting his or her duty.


  1. samar vaidya samar vaidya Tuesday, September 30, 2014

    This is disgusting. Why to be decapitated to the peoples who doesnt have any value of the services given to them. This always happens in india only. Narendra dabholkar has been murdered. There was always threat to him. Now subramanyam swamy should take care. here to speak truth of Gandhiji is a crime. i am annoyed. after hemant karakare his wife is died. does any one care abt . it. im patriotic by birth. but the history and the present situation in polytics always demoralise me. N the main thing of castism through the mind of the people will never gone.when it works in parliament in every offices; the particular caste of hindu is targetted. how can become india as mahapower. i believe on PM modiji.who has shown the strength of youth above 60%. but unless n untill india will try to come the downtrodden n oppressed people into the main will never become mahapower. Where is US. i have signed the petition for allowing turban in soccer BY FIFA.n won.if this was racism. isnt it racism in india only. we used to shout when foreigners calls us as black. but when u treat your younger brothers inhumanly since thousands of year ; isnt it racism or castism. everyone is lier n cheater i dont hope any good will come from my so called indian brothers.

  2. DeadDoc DeadDoc Monday, September 29, 2014

    This is why I would rather fight enemy soldiers on the border than EVER go to a remote place and try and save lives. I was to go for MD but now I have decided to opt for DNB (PG) instead, just to avoid going to serve in these places as mandatory rural service.

    I guess, in a country where even the police get roughed up in their own police stations, doctors should not dare to venture into the hinterland if they have an iota of concern for their lives. People who know so much about medicine to become the judge, jury and executioner of doctors can jolly well treat themselves.

    And the governments can try to lure people with as much money or perks as they want, but nobody would dare venture into these backward areas willingly. And if they make rural posting mandatory, then bright students would never take up medicine and those who have already made the blunder (of entering medicine) would look for safer livelihoods in other fields.

    God bless India.

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