While there have been plenty of cases of medical professionals being attacked or harassed throughout the nation amid the coronavirus pandemic over fears that they might unfold the an infection, an incident in Bhopal has drawn widespread condemnation and shock.
Two docs within the Madhya Pradesh capital have alleged that they had been abused and assaulted by a gaggle of policemen on Wednesday for “spreading coronavirus”.
Yuvraj Singh and Rituparna Jana stated they had been on their approach dwelling from the Bhopal All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) round 7 pm once they had been stopped by the policemen.
“We were returning home from emergency duty when we were stopped by a police patrol party. Despite showing our identity cards, the cops didn’t only assault us with cops, but even abused us and blamed us for spreading coronavirus,” Dr Jana stated.
While Dr Singh suffered a fracture in his hand, Dr Jana sustained accidents on her leg. Both the docs are submit graduate resident docs on the Department of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology at AIIMS-Bhopal.
Former Chief Minister Kamal Nath termed the incident “very shameful”.
“The assault on two PG doctors of Bhopal AIIMS, including a female doctor, by policemen has come to the fore, which is very shameful. We are proud of these hard-working bravehearts serving the public, risking their lives in the times of the coronavirus crisis,” he tweeted in Hindi.
“The government should immediately investigate this matter and take strict action against the culprits and issue instructions in the state that such incidents should not be repeated,” he added.
Amid rising outrage over the incident, the police have taken Constable Sunil Naharia off patrol obligation and ordered a probe into the incident.
On the identical day in Delhi, two feminine docs of the government-run Safdarjung Hospital had been assaulted by a person in Gautam Nagar space once they had been out to purchase groceries. No one got here ahead to assist them.
The Federation of Resident Doctors Association (FORDA) on Thursday wrote to Union Home Minister Amit Shah, requesting elevated safety for medical professionals.