One of the pitfalls of being a celebrity is that you are not spared some diginty even during your most trying times. Rishi Kapoor, one of Bollywood’s legends and a favorite actor for millions of film buffs across the world, passed away three days ago. But while the world was in mourning, a video did the rounds of the internet which showed a young boy in a selfie recording chatting away with an extremely ill Rishi. It was said to have been shot a day before his death but fact checkers proved it wrong. It was a relatively old video shot by a ward boy when Rishi was in hospital but released only recently with a false narrative.
The utterly shocking unethical and illegal video shot by the ward boy at the hospital violates the actor’s private space on so many levels, it is a straight case of a law-breaking public servant misusing his power for self-advancement.
According to sources, close to the Kapoor family they are looking at taking legal action against the offender. “Right now the family is in a different frame of mind. But once there is some respite from the tragedy on hand they will certainly take action against the ward boy,” a source close to the Kapoors informs.
The source also wonders if the man seeing haranguing the terminally ill icon on his deathbed in such a high-end hospital is actually a wardboy. “Could it be someone simply strolling in casually, maybe another patient’s visitor who saw a golden opportunity of instant fame? Because ward boys are trained to care for the sick not harass them,” asks the source.
Filmmaker Hansal Mehta is horrified by this blatant invasion of privacy. “This is what the era of social-media exposure has done to us. It has killed our conscience and turned us into vultures. What this fellow has done is disgusting. He should be prosecuted.”
Producer Pahlaj Nihlani rightly wonders, “If this can happen to someone like Rishi Kapoor, what indignities must the less privileged have to suffer in their death beds?”
Singer and central minister Baabul Supriyo thinks this violation of privacy must be punished. “I don’t know if arresting him is a possibility. Mobile phones have contaminated the term privacy for life !! Not only him, all the other ward boys seen in the video, who didn’t stop him from committing that immoral act, should be punished. Hospitals should actually have a zero tolerance policy for such acts and the ward boys may very well be sacked for good. He should be suspended for a month without salary and then transferred to the office of the hospital. He doesn’t deserve to be in the ICU or Medical Ward.”
Singer Adnan Sami is livid. He says, “He should be punched in the throat and the hospital should take strict action against him for this – in fact the hospital should be sued for this and made an example out of for all hospitals to take cognisance of the fact that serious consequences would occur if such a disgusting unprofessional and unethical act ever takes place again! What happened to patient-doctor confidentiality? WTF! “
We fans and friends of Rishi Kapoor sincerely advocate strong judicial measures against such brutal violation of a dying individual’s private space.
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