By Hasan Akram
An Indian doctor has been caught on camera making highly objectionable remarks about members of Islamic missionary group Tablighi Jamaat. In an apparent reference to Covid-19 patients belonging of the group, she said that instead of keeping such patients in isolation wards and “exhausting resources” on them they should be punished in “solitary confinement” in jails or “sent to jungles and locked up in dungeons”.
Dear @Uppolice@dgpup @adgzonekanpur @igrangekanpur @kanpurnagarpol the Muslims who have been infected from corona virus the are Muslim terrorists? If not, watch this video and take action,
She is Dr. Aarti Lalchandani, Principal of Kanpur Medical College
— United Against Religious Hate (@officialuarh) May 31, 2020
The doctor, who has been identified as Kanpur GSVM Medical College principal Aarti Lalchandani, said, “They should be kept in solitary confinement in jail. You are keeping them in isolation ward”.
“We should not say this, but they are terrorists. And we are providing them VIP treatment, providing them food… exhausting our resources on them.” The hospital was “wasting” PPE kits over the Jamaat members. “Those who should be in jail, you are bringing them here for treatment, feeding them food, getting others infected, wasting manpower and kits,” she stated.
After the video showing Ms. Lalchandani making hateful comments went viral several free thinkers came out to virtually denounce her remarks. “Not only this is a blot on the medical profession but a blot on humanity as well,” film actor and director Pooja Bhat said in a tweet. She further asked, “How can one heal another when it is one’s mindset that needs healing?”
Notably, Ms. Lalchandani is the person who earlier had spread the rumour that members of the Tablighi Jamaat were spitting in order to spread Covid-19. She had spoken to mainstream Indian news channels alleging the same. Ironically, those news channels had portrayed her as a witness of the members spitting inside the hospital.
On an important note, members and administrators of the Tablighi Jamaat were criticised for organising a congregation in New Delhi in March that was attended by several foreign citizens, leading to a rise in the spread of Covid-19 in India.
Ms. Lalchandani can also be heard in the video saying that she would talk to Union Minister for Health Dr. Harsh Vardhan on this issue.