Woman fined Rs 200 for slapping doctor

 Soniya Mahambrey, who was accused of slapping a doctor in 2008 after the doctor informed her of her mother's death, was fined 200 by a judicial magistrate first class court at Panaji.

The prosecution said that on August 26, 2008, Mahambrey slapped Dr George Alias at GMC, Bambolim, when he informed her of the death. The prosecution alleged that Mahambrey abused the doctor and slapped him on the cheek. It further alleged that Mahambrey caused simple injuries to the doctor while he was performing his lawful duties as a government servant.

Holding Mahambrey guilty under Section 323 of IPC (punishment for voluntarily causing hurt), the court observed that the doctor deposed on the slapping incident and his testimony has not been shaken.

The incident was also corroborated by a nurse, the court noted.

"The prosecution has failed to bring on record the evidence that the doctor was discharging his duties at the relevant time of the incident," the court noted and held that the charges under Section 332 (voluntarily causing hurt to deter public servant from duty) of IPC were not proved.

The court further observed that Mahambrey had to be shown leniency considering the circumstances in which the incident occurred, her young age and economic circumstances. If Mahambrey fails to pay the fine, she will have to undergo two months of imprisonment.  [TOI]