Doctor Refuses To Treat A Woman Just Because She Was Kashmiri. Is This Kind Of Stereotyping Correct?

The incident has raised many questions!


In a bizarre incident, a doctor at the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education & Research in Chandigarh (PGIMER) turned away a Kashmiri woman and her son saying, "You throw stones at our soldiers in Kashmir and come here for treatment.”  

The ongoing conflict in Kashmir has impacted the health of several Kashmiri residents. Many people who cannot be treated in their hometowns travel to other parts of the country for treatment. 

But what has happened in Chandigarh, has raised many questions. Should a doctor deny treatment to a patient no matter what his background is? Should law act against the doctor for such an act? Will such a prejudiced behaviour shown by the doctor aggravate alienation of Kashmiris?