The controversy that began after yoga guru Ramdev’s remarks on allopathy has further aggravated with the Uttarakhand unit of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) sending a defamation notice to him. The IMA has sought an apology from him within 15 days or else, the association said, it will demand compensation of Rs 1,000 crore from Ramdev.
The notice to the yoga guru has been sent by IMA (Uttarakhand) secretary Ajay Khanna saying that the remarks made by him have damaged the reputation and image of allopathy and that of 2,000 practitioners who are part of the doctors’ association.
The IMA has termed Ramdev’s remark as a “criminal act” under the Indian Penal Code seeking a written apology within 15 days. Through the notice, IMA has also demanded that the yoga guru should make a video clip contradicting his allegations and circulate it on social media platforms.
The doctors’ body has also threatened him with an FIR and a criminal case if he does not remove the advertisements that claim Coronil as an effective medicine for COVID-19. Notably, the Coronil kit is a product of Patanjali that was initially marketed as a cure for COVID-19 resulting in a major controversy.
How the controversy started
A video had recently gone viral in which Ramdev was heard saying at a recent event, “Lakhs of people have died because of allopathic medicines, far more than those who died because they did not get treatment or oxygen.” He also purportedly called allopathy a “stupid and bankrupt” science.
After the video emerged, the Indian Medical Association (IMA) sent a legal notice to Ramdev demanding a written apology for his statement. In a statement on Saturday, the IMA said that the yoga guru should be prosecuted under the Epidemic Diseases Act because his “untutored” statements are “a threat to the literate society of the country as well as to the poor people falling prey to him.”
“If the minister (Harsh Vardhan) does not take suo motu action, we will be forced to resort to democratic means of struggle to propagate the truth to the common man. We will knock at the doors of the judiciary to get due justice,” the IMA had said.
Following this, the Union health minister wrote a two-page letter to the yoga guru asking him to withdraw his statement saying it was “unfortunate” and an insult to the COVID warriors. Under pressure and facing criticism, Ramdev withdrew his statement on Sunday.
However, the next day he posted a tweet asking 25 questions related to the allopathic treatment of diseases and health conditions to IMA and the pharmaceutical sector. The tweet added fuel to the fire.
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