Every Man in his Humour Letters to the Editor

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 27 Nov 2017 14:26:03

Don’t demean cancer patients


Being a cancer patient since 2010, I’m terribly anguished over Assam Health, Education and Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma’s rank insensitive statement that, ‘Cancer is divine justice for the sins committed.’ This is an outright insult to all cancer patients across the world. This is arrant heartlessness. Although I’ve been suffering from blood-cancer, I’ll never want even my biggest foe to suffer from it and undergo a series of excruciating treatments that leave a cancer patient physically, mentally and financially shattered.

Ask the cancer patients and its survivors as to how they’ve lived through the unbearable pain and physical sufferings caused by all types of Big C. And here, a heartless person is belittling it. It’s all the more ironic as he’s the Health Minister! I ask this ignorant person how cancer or any disease is associated with sins and bad karmas.

The very word cancer unnerves people. Ask those who’re at the receiving end of it. They know the severity of this dreadful disease. Battling against cancer is akin to walking on a razor’s edge throughout life. Calling it a sinful disease is, therefore, demeaning and degrading to its survivors.

We’re living in extremely intolerant times with people who’re absolutely devoid of even a scintilla of sensitivity. Please show respect to cancer patients and let them live/die in peace and dignity. We indeed don’t need anyone’s uncalled-for advice and patronising lessons on character and conduct at this stage of our lives. Remember, cancer is not a social stigma.

Sumit Paul, via E-mail