‘Ready to forgive if no such incident happens again’

Victim feels no need to approach police

May 29, 2019 01:34 am | Updated 01:34 am IST - New Delhi

Pune-based gynaecologist and author Arun Gadre, who was allegedly forced to chant “Jai Shri Ram” in Connaught Place, said he is ready to forgive the accused if no such incidents happen again.

Speaking to The Hindu, Dr. Gadre said, “If the government, civil societies and political organisations come together to ensure such incidents biased towards religion and caste don’t happen again, I am ready to forgive and get past this incident.”

When asked why he didn’t approach the police, he said he still does not feel the need to do so. “It is a personal decision,” he added.

The Delhi Police on Tuesday said they will take action in the matter if a complaint is received. “The matter has not been reported and no complaint has been given. If a complaint is received, it will be examined,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police (New Delhi) Madhur Verma.

The police said patrolling and deployment of officers in and around Connaught Place is high at all times.

Dr. Gadre said on Sunday while taking a walk at 6 a.m. near Hanuman Mandir, four-five youths asked him about his religion and forced him to chant “Jai Shri Ram”. They insisted that he chants loudly. Mr. Gadre did what he was asked to and walked without being manhandled.

“It was a random selection. I just happened to be there and that is probably why I was asked,” he said.

Dr. Gadre has co-authored a book titled Dissenting Diagnosis, which talks of the exploitation of patients. He has also practiced in drought-prone areas of Maharashtra.

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