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Editorial (Dr SS Agarwal, Dr K K Aggarwal)
8th July 2016
IMA View - Medical student who flung dog off rooftop arrested and later released on bail
 
IMA views
  • Such incidences and such people brings bad name to the profession
  • MCI or SMC can and should suspend them under MCI ethics regulation 8.5 pending investigations
  • If convicted their license should be suspended or deleted.
  • IMA condemns all such such acts of cruelty 
A day after the disturbing video of a dog being flung from the terrace of a four storey apartment triggered outrage, Chennai city police picked up the two suspects, both medical students, from their native towns on Tuesday night. On Wednesday morning, both of them were released on bail after judicial magistrate Judge Santhosam asked them to pay Rs 10,000 surety. According to college sources, both the students have been suspended. The accused students, Gowtham Sudharshan from Tirunelveli who threw the poor animal, and his friend Ashish Paul from Nagercoil who filmed the video, were tracked by the special teams.

According to the sections of the Indian Penal Code under which the duo have been charged – Section 428 and 429 – carry a maximum prison sentence of two and five years respectively. Even if they are convicted in this case, it will not bar them from practising after completing their MBBS.

Harming an innocent puppy is an indicator of psychopathy in its early stages, which is not to be taken lightly.
 
Section 428 in The Indian Penal Code

428. Mischief by killing or maiming animal of the value of ten rupees.—Whoever commits mischief by killing, poisoning, maiming or rendering useless any animal or animals of the value of ten rupees or upwards, shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to two years, or with fine, or with both.
 
Section 429 in The Indian Penal Code

429. Mischief by killing or maiming cattle, etc., of any value or any animal of the value of fifty rupees.—Whoever commits mischief by killing, poisoning, maiming or rendering useless, any elephant, camel, horse, mule, buffalo, bull, cow or ox, whatever may be the value thereof, or any other animal of the value of fifty rupees or upwards, shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to five years, or with fine, or with both.
 
 MCI Ethics regulations:
 
7.5:  Professional misconduct: 7.5 Conviction by Court of Law: Conviction by a Court of Law for offences involving moral turpitude / Criminal acts.
 
8.5 During the pendency of the complaint the appropriate Council may restrain the physician from performing the procedure or practice which is under scrutiny.
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