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Navratri: Ahmedabad doctors seek action against defamatory posts about them

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Several doctors in the city have filed a complaint with the cyber cell of the city police over some unparliamentary comments and threats made against them by artists in the state over Navratri.

The war of words between the doctors and artists in Gujarat happened after the former wrote to the government urging it not to allow Navratri celebrations.

The doctors had warned that allowing for such huge gatherings will severely impact the fight against COVID-19 and it will worsen the situation.

Many artists who earn their living through a performance during Navratri had criticised the recommendation of the doctors stating that it was hurting their livelihood.

The government had later announced that it will not allow for Garba this Navratri although it gave the green light for public worship provided the number of visitors is limited and subject to certain conditions.

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Many artists had posted on social media stating that they would go to hospitals of the respective doctors and create a ruckus to protest the decision to not hold Navratri.

One Bablu Amdavadi made the posts on Facebook against doctors but it was removed after several doctors complained about the same.

IMA/Doctors write to CM Rupani about the post

The Indian Medical Association (IMA) has also written to the chief minister Vijay Rupani about the matter seeking action against those who made the defamatory posts against them.

In the letter, it said that doctors are among the frontline warriors against COVID-19 and so far over 500 doctors have died on duty. They said that warning the government about organising Navratri and its repercussions given the pandemic was their duty.

But now they were getting defamed for doing the duty and the government should take action against such people, the letter said. The defamatory post mentions five doctors including Dr Mona Desai, Dr Mukesh Maheshwari, Dr Vasant Patel, Dr Mitali Vasavda and Dr Prabhakar.

Some of the posts also threatened protests outside the respective doctors’ clinic and home.

 

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