Group Harasses Pune-Based Doctor In Delhi, Forces Him To Chant ‘Jai Shri Ram’ After Asking His Religion
Dr Arun Gadre has served in tribal areas of Maharashtra along with his wife Dr Jyotsna Gadre for almost 30 years.
Dr Arun Gadre, an eminent gynaecologist and noted author from Pune, was harassed by a gang of youths in New Delhi’s Connaught Place. The gang reportedly asked Gadre what his religion was and forced him to chant “Jai Shri Ram”.
Gadre, The Hindu reported, did not file a police complaint regarding the incident which occurred on the morning of May 26. Senior journalist, Anant Bagaitkar, to whom Gadre narrated the incident, told the daily: “He was staying at the YMCA near Jantar Mantar as he was due to deliver a lecture organised by Indian Medical Association at Bijnor the next day. When he left for his morning stroll, he was accosted by a gang of five-six youth near the Hanuman Temple in Connaught Place. They surrounded him, asked him what religion he was and finally demanded that he chant ‘Jai Shri Ram’,”
Bagaitkar further added that Gadre, who had a bypass surgery recently, was “shocked and scared”.
Later, Gadre too released a statement that said, “On 26 May, I was taking a morning walk in Delhi at around 6 am near the YMCA. Suddenly, few youths [confronted me] and asked me to say ‘Jai Shri Ram’. I was a little taken aback and said it. They insisted I say it loudly. I just walked away and they let me. I was not physically manhandled… I did not want to make it public nor report it to the police because I thought it to be trivial… I request everyone to treat it as trivial and not draw any conclusion.”
Gadre, the founder-member of the Alliance of Doctors for Ethical Healthcare, has served in tribal areas of Maharashtra along with his wife Dr Jyotsna Gadre for almost 30 years. He has, throughout his career, worked for patient’s rights, universal healthcare and the social regulation of the private medical sector.