Mumbai: Socialite-columnist Shobhaa De is in the eye of a social media storm after posting a tweet ridiculing an obese policeman. She subsequently acknowledged that she didn’t know the cop’s weight was the result of a health condition. The policeman has suggested that she could help by paying for treatment. There several ways she can help the officer and many like him who gain enormous weight because of poor health.
Inspector Daulatram Jogawat of Madhya Pradesh police was “very fit” till 1993 when he underwent surgery for gall bladder and developed an insulin imbalance that left him weighing in at about 180 kg.
Earlier this week, De tweeted Jogawat’s photo with the caption, ‘heavy police bandobast in Mumbai today’, referring to security arrangements for the city’s civic elections. The Mumbai Police tweeted back that the policeman was not one of theirs, and social was quick to pick up on the jibe to deride De.
Jogawat’s doctor, Vipul Garg, confirmed his ailment, saying the policeman’s insulin level rose after surgery and as a result of that he started gaining weight.
“I was a very good volleyball and football player and represented the police in district-level matches regularly,” Jogawat told media.
While De’s tweet has generated a lot of heated discussion on social media, there are a few things the Mumbai-based author can do to change the lives of those who suffer from overweight because of medical conditions.