Dr Lalchandani’s views reflecting the anti-Muslim stand taken by Hindu supremacists have sent shock waves to non-Hindu patients, not only in India, but globally who may now be concerned regarding their treatment by such medical doctors flouting their Hippocratic Oath.
The five minute video recorded on Monday 1 June 2020 that went viral, of Dr Aarti Lalchandani, the principal and dean of GVSM Medical College, in the city of Kanpur where she called the Muslim patients infected with COVID-19, as terrorists who should not be treated and sent to dungeons.
The original Hippocratic Oath, taken by graduating medical doctors for their duty of care for their patients, went through a revision in 1964, but the essence remained the same that includes in part, “I will apply dietetic measures for the sick’s benefit according to my ability and judgment; I will keep them from harm and injustice.”
However some Hindu doctors, owing to their allegiance to the Hindu fascist organization, the Rashtriya Swayam Sewak Sangh (RSS), think and act differently, especially when their patients happen to be from the Muslim community.
Dr Lalchandani expressed a line of thinking promoted by the Hindu fascist organizations, including the ruling BJP Hindu nationalist government and its ideological source, the RSS.
What was said by the top UP doctor on camera shows the real intent of the RSS-influenced medical staff in India spitting hatred against Muslims while reacting to COVID-19 patients in the publicly funded hospital.
Dr Lalchandani described Muslim patients as terrorists and held them responsible for spreading the virus among Hindus while referring to Muslim patients who had attended the Tableeghi Jamaat gatherings in Delhi in March.
She said, “we are giving VIP treatment to terrorists, so many doctors are in quarantine, because of them. The Chief Minister (if UP state, Yogi Adityanath) is following a policy of appeasement by admitting these people to the hospital. They deserve jail.”
Dr Lalchandani is not alone in her hatred of Islam and Muslims; thousands of doctors influenced by RSS think and probably act like her in India and possibly around the world.
Adding fuel to the fire was the statement of Dr Sunil Choudhary, the in charge of the Srichand Baradiya Rog Nidan Kendra in Sardarshahar in Churu district of Rajasthan, a north Indian state who wrote in a WhatsApp message to his acquaintance.
“Kal se me muslim ptnt ka x-ray ni krunga. Yah meri sapat hai (from tomorrow onwards, I won’t do the X-rays of Muslim patients. This is my promise),” The name of the WhatsApp group where he sent the message is called ‘BARDIA RISE’.
In a separate message he wrote “Muslim ptnt ko dekhna hi band krwa do (Stop attending to Muslim patients).”
Another message reads that only Muslims have been found positive in Sardarshahar so it will be best not to attend to Muslim patients and send them to another doctor who is a Muslim.
There are reports from Indian states such as Telangana, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Bihar, and Madhya Pradesh, where Muslim patients complained of mistreatment by Hindu physicians.
In one such instance in Rajasthan, a gynaecologist refused to admit an expecting mother in the hospital because she was a Muslim.
In Gujarat, the family of a deceased patient complained that doctors refused to treat him and left him to die on the floor.
In Delhi, doctors left a Muslim diabetic patient to die without food and medicine for days.
Even during the conflict between the Israelis and the Palestinians, the Zionist and Muslim doctors remained loyal to the Hippocratic oath when they treated patients from their enemy camps.
Dr Hassan Hathout, a Muslim physician, was one such hero who, in 1948, treated an Israeli military official who was commanding troops to uproot and annihilate Palestinians.
In 2018, the UN honoured Israeli Drs Sion Houri, Lior Sasson, and Akiva Tamir, with the UN Population Award for saving young Palestinian lives – especially in war-torn and developing lands.
Article 13 of the third Geneva Convention states that Prisoners Of Wars (POWs) must receive humane treatment. Any act or omission by the country, under whose captivity, the POW is in, which leads to death or seriously endangers the health of a prisoner is prohibited.
The convention requires the medical staff to treat prisoners properly, ensuring their safety.
Thousands of medical staff working in the US, Europe, and the Middle East who have attended RSS training camps and are aligned with the fascist organisation provide financial support in its promotion of hatred against Muslims.
One cannot rule out the possibility of their misdiagnosis or mistreatment of Muslims or Christian Patients. Only a thorough investigation of the medical practice of such physicians and other medical staff can reveal the truth.
They pose a threat to civil society not only in India but wherever they are practicing as doctors.
The medical community must investigate these hidden agents of fascism working in public and private hospitals. They are a danger to Muslim and Christian societies all over the world.