The Uttar Pradesh government has decided to book several members of the Tablighi Jamaat under the stringent National Security Act (NSA) after they allegedly misbehaved with female nursing staff and resorted to obscene behaviour at a hospital in Ghaziabad where they have been quarantined.
The members of Tablighi Jamaat were kept in an isolation ward in a hospital in Ghaziabad after they were evacuated from Nizamuddin Markaz, the headquarters of the Islamic organisation that emerged as one of the biggest hotspots of coronavirus in the country.
According to sources quoted by a news agency, it has also been decided that female nurses and female policewomen will not be deployed where the Tablighi Jamaat members are kept.
It may be recalled that the chief medical officer of the MMG Hospital in Ghaziabad had written a letter to the Ghaziabad police informing about the ‘criminal behavior of the Jamaatis’.
The CMO, in his letter, stated that the members of the Tablighi Jamaat who have been kept at the isolation ward of the hospital, have been roaming in their wards naked. The letter stated that obscene comments and songs were being heard from the ward, and inmates were asking for beedi-cigarette from the staff of the hospital. The CMO also wrote that these people were making lewd gestures towards female employees of the hospital.
The Tablighi Jamaat has come under severe criticism for flouting the guidelines issued by the Delhi and central governments in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.
The members of Tablighi Jamaat, who travelled to different states from Delhi after attending a mammoth congregation in March, became the carriers of the virus, infecting hundreds. In states like Tamil Nadu, Arunachal Pradesh, and Jammu and Kashmir, several cases of coronavirus were found to have links with the congregation at Nizamuddin Markaz.