A doctor at the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education & Research in Chandigarh (PGIMER) allegedly turned away a Kashmiri woman and her son saying they "throw stones at our soldiers in Kashmir but seek treatment elsewhere," according to several media reports.
Fifty-five-year-old Nasreena Malik's examination by the doctor started normally at the PGIMER on Thursday, until he happened to find out that they were Kashmiris, she told the Hindustan Times.
Nasreena is seeking neurosurgery for an intracranial aneurysm, according to the report. Her son Javaid Malik said as soon as the doctor, who was sitting inside a cabin that had one Dr Manoj Tiwari's name marked on a nameplate outside, looked at his mother's case history, his attitude towards them changed.
"Vaha Kashmir me humara jawano ko patthar mar tey ho, aur phir yahan ilaj ke liye aate ho (you throw stones on our soldiers in Kashmir and come here for treatment)," the doctor allegedly said.
Professor Jagat Ram, the PGIMER Director, told The Indian Express that such an incident has never happened before.
"We have been treating thousands of patients from J&K and all the other states. Such an incident has never happened here. This has been brought to my notice and I shall get the matter investigated," he was quoted as saying.
An unnamed administrative official told the paper that "an internal probe has been initiated."
"He was fine until he saw the prescription cards of hospitals in Kashmir... he threw them away," Javaid told IE.
Fresh protests broke out in Kashmir last month after a shocking video, showing a Kashmiri man tied to the front of an army jeep, allegedly being used as a human shield against stone pelters, surfaced in the state. The army initiated a probe as hundreds of school children, clad in school uniforms, hit the streets to pelt stones at security forces for the human rights violation.Suggest a correction