Doctor suspended in Madhya Pradesh for allegedly assaulting Muslim patient

A doctor at the Madhya Pradesh’s district hospital in Betul, has been suspended from duty following a police complaint filed by a Muslim woman for denying her treatment and “kicking” her, Maktoob Media reported.

28-year-old Rehana Parveen filed a complaint against Dr Pradeep Dhakad from Betul’s district hospital for allegedly kicking her in the stomach when he came to know she was a Muslim. The incident took place on 02 October.

Talking to Maktoob, Parveen said, “I had a severe pain in my stomach. A junior doctor referred us to meet Dr Dhakad so I could be admitted to the hospital. As soon as we reached the doctor and showed our treatment card, he refused to attend me as he was recognised by my name written on the treatment card”.

Due to the non-availability of beds Parveen was not admitted in the hospital. Her family argued with the Dr Dhakad who told them he “doesn’t attend Muslim patients”.

Even though she was admitted in the same hospital later, she alleged that she was not given “proper care”.

This incident triggered a protest outside the MP’s hospital demanding the doctor’s arrest.

Bhim Sena’s Pankaj Atulkar, “The doctor has refused treatment only after reading the patient’s name and committed this act keeping animosity towards the Muslim community.”

An FIR was registered by the family against the doctor for attacking the Muslim woman.

Superintendent of Police of Kotwali Police station, Simala Prasad told Maktoob, ‘It is revealed that Dr Pradeep Dhakad was suspended from the hospital, FIR has been registered with charges of 323,294,506 in IPC. We are investigating the matter.”

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