In a recent development, UP Police in Meerut has registered FIR against the owner of Valentis hospital who had put out an advertisement in Hindi newspaper asking Muslim patients and their attendee to produce COVID-19 negative certificate to avail medical facility in the hospital.
Here’s the copy of FIR:
UP Police in Meerut registers FIR against owner of Valentis hospital who had put out an advertisement in Hindi newspaper asking Muslim patients and their attendee to produce Covid-19 negative certificate to avail medical facility in the hospital. pic.twitter.com/fYhMK2BWQo
— Piyush Rai (@Benarasiyaa) April 19, 2020
Uttar Pradesh’s Valentis Cancer Hospital in Meerut recently issued an advertisement in a local daily, stating that it would no longer be accepting Muslim patients from Muslim-dominated localities in view of the COVID-19 pandemic.
After the advertisement was brought to the notice of UP Police, a probe was initiated into the matter.
Valentis Hospital in Meerut, India, puts out an ad stating that it will not treat Muslim patients. This is a clear violation of the law, the hospital needs to shut down & owners need to be arrested. Will @Uppolice act? Any update from the @IndianMedAssn?https://t.co/a7fse9ys0J
— Yeh Log ! (@yehlog) April 18, 2020
The hospital is a medical facility to treat cancer patients, and its decision to exclude Muslims from treatment would be detrimental to the minorities living in western UP. Further, the exclusion of patients on the basis of religion is violative of the Constitution and may lead to penal charges against the hospital authorities.
After the issue came to light, the Meerut Police ordered the Inchaui police station, under whose jurisdiction the hospital falls, to initiate an inquiry into the case.