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Fat-shamed by Shobhaa De, MP cop leaves for Mumbai to undergo check-up

Before leaving for Mumbai, Jogewat said that a “wrong” tweet by Shobhaa De has changed his life.

india Updated: Feb 26, 2017 18:00 IST
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Shobhaa De posted a photograph of Daulatram Jogawat with the caption, ‘heavy police bandobast in Mumbai today’ but was soon panned by many users.(Twitter/ Shobhaa De)

Daulatram Jogawat, an inspector with Madhya Pradesh police at whom columnist Shobhaa De had poked fun over his obese physical condition in a tweet early last week, has left for Mumbai to undergo a medical check-up.

Before leaving for Mumbai, Jogawat said that a “wrong” tweet by Shobhaa De has changed his life.

“I thank the media which took up the issue after the tweet by Shobhaa De. Hopefully, I will get a better life,” Jogawat told PTI before leaving for Mumbai last night.

On Saturday, a staffer of Mumbai-based Centre for Obesity and Digestive Surgery met Jogawat.

“After the tests, a medical expert will take a call whether he should be administered medicine or operated upon,” the administrative director of the Centre Flyod D’ Souza had said.

Jogewat left for Mumbai with D’ Souza last night.

Following the controversy over De’s tweet, several hospitals had offered free treatment to the inspector.

Earlier, last week poking fun at the police arrangements during Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) polls, the socialite had tweeted “Heavy police bandobast in Mumbai today,” with an image in which she incorrectly identified Jogewat as a personnel of Mumbai Police.

While reacting to this tweet, Daulatram had expressed displeasure saying his obesity was a result of hormonal disorder.

“I am hurt with Shobhaa De’s tweet poking fun at me. I have put on weight due to hormonal disorder following my gall bladder operation in 1993,” inspector Jogawat, who weighs around 180 kg had told PTI.

As De’s tweet went viral, she was trolled by netizens. Hitting back at her, the Mumbai Police had tweeted, “We love puns too Ms De but this one is totally misplaced.Uniform /official not ours. We expect better from responsible citizens like you.”

However, in an attempt to make peace, De had posted a fresh tweet: “Mumbai/ Maharashtra Police Pranaam. No offence intended. MP Police, Consult a dietician, if it’s an asli, undoctored image doing the round.”

First Published: Feb 26, 2017 18:00 IST