Monday, April 6, 2020
Home News Reports After OpIndia report, DNA updates misleading story on Dr Kafeel Khan

After OpIndia report, DNA updates misleading story on Dr Kafeel Khan

Also Read

OpIndia Staffhttps://www.opindia.com
Staff reporter at OpIndia

Last night, social media was abuzz with the breaking story that former doctor at Gorakhpur’s BRD Medical College, Dr Kafeel Khan was “not a villain” anymore. These claims were based on a DNA story titled as below:

The story was used for political posturing by many. Liberal commentators, AAP propagandists, media personalities and others, united to use this story to make various claims. Some said that this was a virtual apology by the UP Government. Some asked the UP Government to take responsibility for the horrific tragedy. We had covered the reactions here.

- article continues after ad - - article resumes -

We had also revealed that the above DNA story, mentioned how the “hero” Dr Khan, had still been charged under Sections 120-B (criminal conspiracy), 308 (attempt to commit culpable homicide)and 409 (criminal breach of trust by public servant) of the IPC. Only the charges under Section 7/13 of Anti-Corruption Act, Section 66 of IT Act and Section 15 of the Indian Medical Council Act have been currently dropped, as per the Investigative officer Abhishek Singh, due to lack of evidence.

In such a case it was not sure why and how DNA had claimed that he was now a hero. Interestingly, the same DNA and the same reporter had also broken the original story in August this year, which had first glorified Dr Khan. As of today, since investigations are on, it is unfair to either say he was a hero or a villain.

Now, after our above story, DNA has realized their obvious blunder, and has now updated the original story. The new headline is now far more balanced:

The opening paragraph of the original story has now been deleted, which earlier read as below:

Amid the Gorakhpur tragedy, DNA had reported Dr Khan’s story who was hailed as a hero for saving children. He had rushed to private hospitals to get oxygen cylinders for patients admitted at BRD Hospital. Gaurav Tripathi, an eyewitness, “While other doctors gave up hope, Dr Khan managed the situation well by arranging oxygen cylinders from private nursing homes. He saved many lives by his efforts and presence of mind.” However, he was subsequently charged with corruption and private practice.

Inspite of all the above, DNA’s original tweet declaring him a hero, is still available on their social media handle, and is still being retweeted.

Apart from retweeting it, many users have created screenshots of the same and are heading from pillar to post demanding “apologies”. If DNA really wants to make amends, it should delete the tweet and all related social media posts, and make it clear to all their readers, that their earlier headline was grossly misleading, and has been changed to make it factual.

While DNA has back-tracked, other media houses have posted stories which again have one-dimensional headlines, which do not give the full picture:

It remains to be seen whether these news portals eventually go the DNA way, or stick to this one-sided headline.

- Support OpIndia -
Support OpIndia by making a monetary contribution

Trending now

OpIndia Staffhttps://www.opindia.com
Staff reporter at OpIndia

Latest News

Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao suggests the extension of lockdown for 2 weeks post April 15, cites report suggesting lockdown till June 3rd

Telangana CM Chandrashekhar Rao has also requested PM Modi that the lockdown by extended across the country

Radical Maulvi Abbas Siddiqui claims he was quoted ‘out of context’ after begging Allah to send a virus to kill 50 crore Indians

Radical Maulvi Pirzada Abbas Siddiqui read his apology from a sheet of paper while remaining visually remorseless and unregretful about his contentious comments.

Maharashtra begins to spiral: With 120 fresh cases of Coronavirus, total positive cases reach 868

With 120 fresh cases of Coronavirus emerging from Maharashtra, the total tally of the state has reached a whopping 868.

Tea vendor near Matoshree, Uddhav Thackeray’s residence, suspected of Wuhan Coronavirus infection, area sealed by BMC

The area around Matoshree, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray's residence, has been sealed by the BMC as a precautionary measure

Himachal Pradesh DGP warns coronavirus infected persons of ‘attempt to murder’ charges if found spitting on others

The DGP of Himachal Pradesh, Sanjay Kumar, had cautioned that people diagnosed with the Wuhan Coronavirus should refrain from spitting on others.

At least 11 Coronavirus positive patients die in West Bengal, but official count stands at 3: Here are the details

There seems to be a strange dichotomy in the number of cases and deaths due to the Wuhan Coronavirus being reported from West Bengal.

Recently Popular

Nizamuddin Markaz of Tablighi Jamaat, hotspot of Wuhan Coronavirus, set to be demolished: Reports

Only two floors of the Nizamuddin Markaz are authorised, therefore the rest 7 floors may be demolished

Cricketer Mohammad Kaif gets attacked by Islamists for lighting lamp on 5th April in solidarity for fight against coronavirus

Islamists on social media weren't too happy with cricketer Mohammad Kaif for lighting lamp to thank healthcare workers, urged him to offer namaz instead.

30-year-old man shot dead in Prayagraj over remarks on Tablighi Jamaat’s role in spreading coronavirus, accused Md Sona nabbed

Mohammad Sona shot Lotan Nishad dead because Nishad had accused the Tablighi Jamaat members of spreading coronavirus in the country

145 Hindus test Coronavirus positive after visiting​ Vaishno Devi: Islamist Ali Sohrab, who was once arrested, spreads fake news again

Fake news peddler Ali Sohrab was in November last year arrested by UP Police over his provocative tweets on Supreme Court judgement of Ram Janmabhoomi verdict

Rajasthan Muslim woman, who was referred to another hospital, was 7th time pregnant with complicated anaemia case

Congress MLA in Rajasthan took to social media to inform that a Muslim pregnant woman in Bharatpur was refused admission because of her religion.

Subscribe to our newsletter

Each morning, get an email to keep updated with all the news, opinions and analysis published by OpIndia.

Connect with us

217,709FansLike
274,616FollowersFollow
213,000SubscribersSubscribe
Advertisements