MP: Patients’ family denies treatment from schedule caste, demands upper caste doctor
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MP: Patients’ family denies treatment from schedule caste, demands upper caste doctor

Madhya Pradesh: A doctor belonging to a Scheduled Tribe community has accused the relatives of two patients of beating him up since they wanted the patients to be treated by an “upper caste” person.

As per S Khan, in-charge at Garha Police Station, the doctor named Geetesh Ratre at a Madhya Pradesh government-run hospital lodged a complaint alleging that the violence was carried out by the kin of two injured women.

“Dr Ratre was on duty in the Emergency department at Subhash Chandra Medical College on Friday evening and he directed the medical staff to start treatment immediately. However, a mob of about a dozen people, comprising relatives and acquaintances, reached there and asked Dr Ratre his name and caste,” Khan said, quoting the complaint.

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When Dr Ratre told them that he belonged to a Scheduled Tribe community, the accused started demanding that only an “upper caste” doctor treat the two injured women, the police official said.

“On the doctor’s complaint, we have registered a case against these people under SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act for allegedly using casteist remarks and under relevant section of the IPC (Indian Penal Code) for obstructing a government staff from doing his duty,” Khan added.

The police are now looking for the accused.

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