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Wednesday, August 2, 2006
By The Permanent Guest Blogger: Steven L.

Doctors offer to maim beggars in TV sting

Reuters has the story from India.

Three Indian doctors caught on camera apparently agreeing to amputate the healthy limbs of beggars are to be questioned by the Indian Medical Council, an official said Tuesday.

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The doctor, from Ghaziabad in the north Indian state of Uttar Pradesh and a satellite town of the capital, New Delhi, explains how he can stitch up blood vessels in a healthy limb, causing it to blacken with gangrene over a few days.

A prospective beggar can be booked into the doctor’s claiming to have had an accident, and then have the amputation carried out without raising eyebrows, he explains.

“Believe me if there are two beggars in front of you and one of them is lame, you will give the money to the lame beggar,” the station recorded him as saying in Hindi.

Yech. It is hard to believe that level of callousness.

I doubt this will make it into Steven T.’s “Friday Fun Meme.”

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