Rajasthan: Case against hospital staff for WhatsApp text to not attend Muslim patients
Rajasthan : The police in Rajasthan's Churu district has filed a case against hospital staff who discussed on WhatsApp group to not attend Muslim patients suffering from COVID 19.
The hospital owner has apologized saying that the messages are from the month of April when cases of Tablighis were high in number.
The police took action after the screenshots of the messages went viral on social media.
A formal FIR was lodged against the accused on Sunday under Section 153A (attack upon any religion) and 505 (Statements conducing to public mischief) of Indian Penal Code (IPC) and relevant sections of violation of Disaster Management Act.
“FIR was registered today against three persons which includes a doctor, a lab technician and a comp under after preliminary investigation the conversation was found biased against a particular region,” Mahendra Dutt Sharma, station house officer of Sardarshahar police station, said on Sunday.
Dr Sunil Choudhary, owner of the hospital, tendered a public apology via social media.
“I apologise for the chats which are getting viral on social media. Me and my staff members don’t want to hurt sentiments of any religion. In future my staff would not give you any chance of complaint,” Choudhary said.
One of the messages exchanged between the staff of hospital read, “I take oath that from tomorrow we will not do X-ray of Muslim patients.”
Another message reads, “We should stop attending to Muslim patients.”