File photo of Varun Dhawan
File photo of Varun Dhawan
Photo by Viral Bhayani

Bollywood actor Varun Dhawan has condemned the attacks on doctors and said that nothing justifies violence against them.

Amid the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, a number of cases of violence against doctors have been reported across the country. The recent cases where doctors violently beaten up by a mob in Assam, Delhi and other parts of India, have shaken up netizens.

On Saturday, Varun went live on Instagram with Dr Manan Vora in an attempt to talk about the horrific incidents happening across the country and to make people understand the gravitas of the situation.

The Badlapur actor also talked about why grief counselling is the need of the hour.

"It’s an extremely serious issue and we really need to create awareness on this topic. The second wave has not been easy on anyone, I’ve had at least seven family members who got COVID-29 during this phase and it’s very stressful for the family. So, I understand when it happens but it is unfair on doctors, who are treating you, who are there to cure you day and night, to go through this, "Varun said.

Varun then opened up about losing his maasi (aunt), who was being treated for coronavirus in Chicago.

"With COVID-19, people have post-recovery side-effects and they suddenly die. It happened with a relative of mine, my maasi, who was hospitalized in Chicago. She was there for a month, she was off the ventilator and then she was back on the ventilator. Suddenly, after 40 days, she passed away," he said, adding, "So, there’s no way to prepare a family for this but you can’t take your grief out on a doctor because ultimately no one is playing God here, everyone is dealing with it together."

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Varun also shared his take on how doctors are reacting to the violence and said that he doesn't think they are overreacting. Backing the medical fraternity, Varun said that it is "unfortunate" that something like this has to be talked about.

"Woh doctor infected patients se jaake mil raha hai, apni family se nahi mil raha hai, bina break liye kaam kar rahe hain PPE kits mein and we are attacking them if we lose a loved one. It is wrong. People need to understand that it is not their fault, this disease is still new, people are understanding it. But you can’t harass doctors, you can’t attack doctors, you just can’t do that," said the actor.

Meanwhile, on the work front, Varun has wrapped up the shoot of his next film, Bhediya opposite Kriti Sanon. He was stationed in Arunachal Pradesh with the team. He will also feature in a movie titled Jug Jugg Jeeyo co-starring Anil Kapoor, Neetu Kapoor and Kiara Advani.

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