NEW DELHI: Screen shots of a WhatsApp group chat, leaked online, purport to show that a private hospital in Churu’s Sardarshahar, Rajasthan, denied treatment to Muslim patients.
The screen shots, viral online, show messages like “stop attending to Muslims patients”. The messages allegedly follows the same theme with one member saying that ‘Muslims should be asked to go to a Muslim doctor’.
Another message reads: “From tomorrow onwards, I won’t do the X-rays of Muslim patients. This is my oath” reads one of the messages in the alleged chat which took place between the doctors of a WhatsApp group titled ‘BARDIA RISE’.
Soon after the screen shots went viral, local police received a complaint. Sardarshahar police station SHO Mahendra Dutt Sharma said the police control room had received a complaint regarding screenshots of the chat being circulated on social media.
Regional Telegraph has learnt that the group was formed by the staff members of Srichand Bardia Rog Nidan Kendra in Sardarshahar. While one of them commented that he would not take X-rays of Muslim patients, another employee said that had Hindus tested COVID-19 positive and had there been a Muslim doctor, the latter would not have attended to them.
Meanwhile, owner of the private hospital, Sunil Chaudhary, an orthopaedic surgeon who runs the hospital, apologised through a Facebook post, saying the hospital staff did not intend to hurt the sentiments of any community. “Our hospital has no intention to deprive any community of medical treatment. We apologise and assure that there will be no cause for complaint in future,” said the post.