Sunday, July 24, 2016

Woman flunks Class 12, forges, becomes doctor

| TNN | 
  Chennai: She had a medical degree, a licence to practice and all the relevant documents. What she didn't have is a pass mark in the Class 12 board examination.
On Tuesday, the Tamil Nadu State Medical Council removed Dr Thamizharasi T from the medical register and she has been placed under suspension until further orders on charges of impersonation.
The council received complaints from her husband M Karthick and her father-in law R Manohar that Archana Ramachandran, daughter of a former village administrative officer, had impersonated Thamizharasi Thulukannam, to get a medical seat. "They have now given us documents that show that Archana had failed her Class 12 board examination and has been living as Thamizharasi with the help of her father, R Ramachandran. Thamizharasi died in 2003," said Tamil Nadu State Medical Council president K Senthil. The council will file a complaint with the city police, he said. Earlier a disciplinary committee concluded it was gross professional misconduct and a cognizable offence.
While the process of criminal justice may take a longer time, the complainants often take up the matter with the medical council, asking that doctors be debarred for unethical practices. "Complainants want to ensure that the medical profession and prospective patients are saved from erring doctors. We have decided to debar this doctor because we were convinced that she had impersonated. Further investigations will be done by the city police," said Dr Senthil.
Jul 24 2016 : The Times of India (Chennai)
How this doctor lived dead woman's life in letter & spirit

Tamil Nadu Med Council Suspends Her From Practice
She flunked Class 12, impersonated another woman to get an MBBS degree with the help of her father, a village administrative officer (VAO). Her success in using forged papers and signatures raises questions of security, privacy and authenticity of documents such as driving licence, aadhaar cards and even passports.On Friday , Tamil Nadu State Medical Council debarred Dr T Thamizharasi on charges of impersonation. Documents with TOI show Archana Ramachandran, born on May 22, 1988, to R Ramachandran, a VAO, studied from Class 5 to 9 in St Mary's Girls Higher Secondary School, Chengalpet.She wrote her Class 12 exam in March 2006 as a student of Government Higher Secondary School in Chromepet.Her original mark sheets are not available, but the complainants submitted a certificate from school authorities confirming she failed. A year later, she joined Sree Balaji Medical College under Bharath University as Thamizharasi T.
The real Thamizharasi, born to Thulukannam M and Maliga of Chengalpet on May 30, 1983, passed Class 12 in March 2000 with 548 1200 and joined Annai Velankani College, Saidapet.
In a letter attested by a notary, Thulukannam said Thamizharasi died on September 29, 2003. He approached Ramachandran, VAO, for death certificate. He submitted her education docu ments to Ramachandran who misused them, he alleged. Thamizharasi belonged to a scheduled caste and was eligible to join a medical college with 40% in physics, chemistry, biology .
A certificate from the college says she passed her MBBS exam in February 2012 and internship in March 2013. In April 2013, she registered as a doctor with Tamil Nadu Medical Council (no: 100573). Some of her school teachers, unwilling to be named, confirmed Archana failed her exam. “I know she scored 17 of 200 in math and 4881200. Later, when I saw her going to college with a white coat and stethoscope, I was shocked. I called her college and was told it did not have a student called Archana Ramachandran,“ said a teacher.
Archana continued to live as Thamizharasi, getting a passport and aadhaar card in the latter's name. Photo in the documents was Archana's as was driving licence.
In 2013, a week before her marriage, she put her thumb impression across her recent photograph as Archana for a sale deed.While government documents in the name of Thamizharasi were in one address, her driving licence had a different address. When her husband noticed her father's name in her passport was Thulukannam, it led to marital discord and eventually a divorce petition.
When the medical council asked about the compla int from her husband, she said she filed complaints against her husband and his family for dowry harassment and physical assault and that the divorce case was pending.
She then changed her story. In a written statement to the council, she said: “I was adopted by R Ramachandran and Geetha when I was a child since they had no children. After adopting me, Geetha gave birth to Selvi R Archana. Later we have grown together, she had left the home on a quarrel with her parent on a love affair, I came to understand at a later period of time that Im the adopted child of Ramachandran and Geetha, my father is Thulukannam and Maliga (sic).“

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