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Pune doctor seeking ‘pujari’s’ help not an act of superstition, says Dr Sarda, IMA

Dr Sarda was speaking at a discussion session organised by Maharashtra Andhashraddha Nirmoolan Samiti (MANS), a voluntary organisation fighting superstition.

pune Updated: Mar 20, 2018 15:27 IST
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Deenanath Mangeshkar hospital in Pune where Dr Satish Chavan allegedly sought the help of a godman to ward evil away from a patient.
Deenanath Mangeshkar hospital in Pune where Dr Satish Chavan allegedly sought the help of a godman to ward evil away from a patient. (Ravindra Joshi/HT FILE PHOTO)

Member of Indian Medical Association (IMA), Dr Dilip Sarda, said that there is a very thin line between faith and superstition. IMA and the Maharashtra Medical Council, of which he is a member, strictly opposes superstitions but stated that he does not feel that the recent incident in which a Pune doctor has been accused of seeking help from a godman (mantrik) to reportedly ward off evil from his patient was a superstitious act by the doctor.

Dr Sarda was speaking at a discussion session organised by Maharashtra Andhashraddha Nirmoolan Samiti (MANS), a voluntary organisation fighting superstition.

Dr Sarda was invited to speak about the recent incident in which a Pune doctor has been accused of seeking help from a godman (mantrik) to reportedly ward off evil from his patient while the patient was battling for her life in a city-based hospital.

Speaking about the incident, Dr Sarda said, "I have studied the case and I don't feel it is superstition. People have faith in different things. It happens many a time that even after the doctor’s maximum effort, patients do not respond. The person who visited Deenanath along with the doctor was not a mantrik but a priest (pujari)."