Outrage sparked after Dr Aarti Lalchandani’s video leaked on social media. The leaked video of Dr Aarti shows her suggesting to inject poison to muslim COVID-19 patients in India rather than wasting government resources over them. Watch the video, below.
Dr Arti Lalchandani is a Cardiologist and Dean of Ganesh Shankar Vidyarthi Memorial Medical College (GSVM Medical College), Kanpur, India.
Islamophobia and Anti-Muslim bigotry has reached to its peak in India. Dr Aarti Lalchandani of Kanpur calls COVID+ve Muslims as terrorists and Wants Indian government to send them to Solitary confinement or jungle instead of wasting resources or she suggests to inject them poison.
The leaked video of Dr Aarti sparked an outrage on social media worldwide and people are demanding UP police to arrest her and sack her from her position as a dean in the medical College.
A Kuwaiti citizen who is a lawyer, and currently raising voice for Indian muslims, shared the video and wrote: “Govt. doctors under BJP regime in India are calling Muslim patients terrorists. Some are suggesting to inject poison to kill them. I will request the Arab Govts. to take an immediate action on diplomatic level.Hindutva is anti-humanity.”
An Indian citizen ‘Advocate Manooj” also shared the leaked video of Dr Aarti lalchandani and wrote: “Dr. Aarti Lalchandani is unfit to head a medical college. In fact, she’s unfit to be a Doctor. In fact, unfit to be called a human being.”
Aarti Lalchandani admits that she made the comments which were recorded in a video 70 days ago as a vent during the initial days of the COVID-19 crisis.
A video has emerged allegedly showing the principal of the Kanpur Medical College controversially referring to Tablighi Jamaat members as “terrorists” and stating 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”.
The video, shot secretively by someone who appears to be a journalist, showed Ms. Lalchandani making communally-laced and unsavoury remarks in a room with several persons in audience.
“They (Muslim COVID+VE patients) should be kept in solitary confinement in jail. You are keeping them in isolation ward,” Dr Aarti Lalchandani allegedly said about Tablighi Jamaat members.
“We should not say this, but they are terrorists. And we are providing them VIP treatment, providing them food… exhausting our resources on them,” she said, adding that 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.”
Dr Aarti Lalchandani Accuses BJP Government of Wasting resources on Muslim COVID+VE Patients
She also accuses the BJP government of “appeasement” and criticised it for “exhausting” the State’s manpower and resources on treating Jamaat members. She argued that Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath should issue an order stating that no State manpower or resources should be used on treatment of Jamaat members.
She accused the government of ‘sacrificing’ 100 crore people for the sake of 30 crore people, in what appeared to be communally-laced words. The context of the conversation is not clear.
When contacted by media, Ms. Lalchandani first said the video was “morphed” and that she did not refer to any community or target Muslims. But in the same breath she also admitted that she made the comments as a vent during the initial days of the COVID-19 crisis in Kanpur.
“I said it in anger and frustration. I didn’t issue any statement. I said this but in that circumstance…” she said, adding that the video was recorded 70 days before.
She was referring to the initial rush of patients to the hospital, including those of Jamaat members, in March.
Ms. Lalchandani said she would file an FIR against the reporter who leaked a video of the conversation for “blackmail” and carrying out a “sting”. She alleged the local Hindi reporter had demanded tenders and outsourcing contacts from her.
“He disturbed the equilibrium of society and is trying to instigate Muslims. Maybe he is provoking riots,” she said.
When asked directly whom she was referring to as terrorists, Dr Aarti gave an evasive reply, saying “all those 80 people who came in, their bags were not checked and they were threatening, abusing and spitting everywhere.”
Former Kanpur MP and CPI(M) leader Subhashini Ali demanded a probe into the video by the district administration. If found true, the principal should be immediately remove her from her post and lodge an FIR against her, said Ms. Ali.
“She has violated the Constitution by using such language and broken the oath she took while becoming a doctor,” said Ms. Ali.
In the video, Ms. Lalchandani also allegedly asked the reporters not to leak the details of the conversation.
She also claimed that she had asked the CMO of Kanpur to “throw the Jamaat members into a jungle” and lock them into a “kaal kothri” (dungeon) instead of driving them around in ambulances.