Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Rais
Sheikh has claimed doctors at civic-run hospitals here ask
Muslim patients to shave off beard before they perform surgery
on them and sought a ban on this practice.
Sheikh, the SP's group leader in the Brihanmumbai
Municipal Corporation (BMC), has written a letter to civic
commissioner Ajoy Mehta, drawing his attention to the practice
which he termed as unacceptable.
In the letter, he has claimed doctors at BMC-run
hospitals ask Muslim patients to shave off beard before
performing even minor operations.
Speaking to PTI, the SP corporator said, "Keeping a
beard is long-cherished part of our faith and I have received
several complaints from our Muslim brother patients who say
doctors advice them to shave off beard before performing even
a minor surgery."
"This is unacceptable and I have apprised BMC
commissioner Ajoy Mehta about it and have written a letter to
him," Sheikh said.
"I have demanded that Mehta instruct doctors to ask
patients to shave off beard only when it is extremely
necessary," he said.
Sheikh also said the BMC's heath department has taken
cognisance of his complaint over the issue and framed a policy
to prevent doctors from resorting to the practice.
However, this could not be immediately corroborated
with civic officials.
Sheikh was among the corporators who had in the past
raised objection to making 'Surya Namaskar' (Sun salutation)
compulsory in BMC schools.
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