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Medical fraternity to move rights panel in Food-tasting case

The medical fraternity in Maharashtra is mulling to move the State Human Rights Commission over the reports that doctors at J J hospital here were allegedly made to taste the food before serving it to Indrani Mukerjea, prime accused in Sheena Bora murder case, during her recent hospitalisation.

According to Dr. Lalit Kapoor, a medico-legal expert of the Association of Medical Consultants, the medical fraternity has taken a serious note of such practices, which it considers as “inhuman and insulting.”

“It is very inhuman and insulting…such practices should be stopped not only with regard to doctors but no human being should be told to carry out such acts. In this regard, a complaint will be filed in a day or two with the State Human Rights Commission,” said Kapoor.

The issue came to light after a section of media reported about the “humiliating” practice the doctors allegedly underwent while Indrani was hospitalised at the state-run hospital for suspected drug overdose about a week back.

According to reports, before Indrani had her first morsel, a resident medical officer tasted the food. Indrani was then allowed to eat after a gap of 10 minutes, when there was no adverse reaction.

Generally, food-tasters are appointed when heads of state are travelling, given the threat perception and the watertight security cover that has to be provided to them.

Indrani and the two other accused — her former husband Sanjeev Khanna and driver Shyamvar Rai — were arrested in August-end on the charge of murdering her 24-year-old daughter Sheena in April 2012 and disposing of the body in a forest in Raigad district, about 84 kms from here.

The case is now being investigated by the CBI.

When asked about the response, J J Hospital Dean Dr T P Lahane said he had three times in the past asked the government that the food tasting should be entrusted with Food and Drug Administration and it is not the job of doctors.

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