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Monday, 8 June 2020

Covid-19: Rajasthan hospital staff face FIR for anti-Muslim WhatsApp chats

The Rajasthan Police on Sunday filed a First Information Report against three staff members, including a doctor, of a private hospital in Churu district for allegedly planning to discriminate against Covid-19 patients from the Muslim community, reported the Hindustan Times. The FIR also named a lab technician and a compounder.

The three have been booked under Sections 153A (attack upon any religion) and 505 (Statements conducing to public mischief) of the Indian Penal Code and relevant sections of the Disaster Management Act.

The police inquiry was initiated after screenshots of a purported WhatsApp conversation between the hospital staff went viral. The station house officer of Sardarshahar police station, Mahendra Dutt Sharma, said the police control room had received a complaint on Friday. “FIR was registered today [Sunday] against three persons, which includes a doctor, a lab technician and a compounder after preliminary investigation the conversation was found biased against a particular region,” Sharma told the Hindustan Times.

Maqbool Khan, the district president of the Muslim Parishad Sansthan in Churu, said he had reported the matter to police, according to The Indian Express.

“Kal me me muslim ptnt ka x-ray ni krunga. Yah meri sapat hai [From tomorrow, I will not do X-rays of Muslim patients. This is my vow],” read one of the messages, according to...

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