'I don't see patients as Hindu or Muslim'
Good Samaritan 85-yr-old Dr Rehman Mahaldar will treat all those who get injured free of cost during visarjan at Girgaum Chowpatty
The love for taking care of the needy knows no religion, no caste, no gender and this is amply proved by retired BMC homeguard Dr Rehman Mahaldar, who provides medical aid free of cost to devotees thronging Girgaum Chowpatty every year.
Dr Rehman Mahaldar, who provides medical aid free of
cost to devotees thronging Girgaum Chowpatty every year
The 81-year-old Dongri resident, who worked as a medical officer with the BMC decided to use his skills during the 10-day festival 25 years back when he realised that very little help was rendered to those injured during the revelry.
"It gives me great pride to serve the community free of cost. Since 1985 I have been helping those who were hurt and will continue to do the same till I can. Why stop the service, when I have the power to treat so many," asked the Good Samaritan.
When asked if his community or family raised objections considering that he is from a different community, Mahaldar elaborated, "I don't think it matters if I am Muslim or Hindu. All human beings are equal.
I don't consider a patient's religion when he approaches me. I will continue to help and offer my services till my last dying breath," added the father of three daughters.
Mahaldar has also roped in 25 Muslim women volunteers this year to help all those who might get injured during the immersions. "I have given them first aid training, who are actually housewives.
On the seventh and eleventh day of immersions, we will provide first aid treatment to the needy free of cost. The cost of everything will be borne by our Muslim ambulance society, the trust who looks after the expenses."