New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: In what could be shocking incident, two women doctors were allegedly assaulted by a man in Delhi who accused them of ‘spreading’ the novel coronavirus, reported news agency ANI.

The 44-year-old man was arrested following the shocking incident and a case has been registered against him, said the Delhi Police.

"We have registered a case and arrested the accused in connection with the incident," Deputy Commissioner of Police (South) Atul Kumar Thakur said.

The two women doctors, who are posted at Emergency Department of Delhi's Safdarjung Hospital, said that they were buying fruits and vegetables when the man suddenly assaulted them, blaming them for ‘spreading’ coronavirus

“We were buying fruits when a man started to shout at us to maintain distance. He blamed us for spreading Coronavirus and hit us,” the two doctors said, as reported by news agency ANI.

Meanwhile, Delhi Health Minister Dr Satyendra Jain has said that legal action will be taken against those who discriminate against doctors, paramedics and healthcare workers.

Earlier in the day, President of the Resident Doctors' Association at Safdarjung Hospital Dr Manish told ANI that the incident took place at around 9.30 pm. The women doctors, posted at the Emergency Department of the hospital, had marks of bruises on their bodies, he said.

“A neighbour started shouting at them for spreading COVID-19 in the locality. When the doctors responded they were physically assaulted,” he said, as quoted by ANI.

When the doctors sought to reason with him, the man allegedly twisted their hands and pushed them back and fled, he said, adding they "approached police in this regard"

Corroborating RDA president's version, police said, the incident occurred in Gulmohar Enclave area, where the two women had gone to buy fruits.

On seeing them, the man began making remarks on the need of social distancing, accusing doctors like them of are spreading infection in residential areas.

As the two women retorted that they knew well the importance of social distancing and sought to reason with them, the man got aggressive and abusive, saying he would get a case registered against them.

When the two women were about to leave following the spat, the man assaulted them and even touched the 29-year-old woman her inappropriately, said police, adding the man left the place after that.

Both the victims were medically examined, said police. 

Delhi has been one of the worst affected state in the country due to the novel coronavirus. The state has reported 669 cases of the dreadful virus and nine deaths so far.

According to the Delhi Health Department, out of the total 669 cases recorded so far, 558 are admitted at various hospitals like LNJP Hospital, GTB Hospital, RML Hospital, Safdarjung Hospital and Rajiv Gandhi Super Speciality Hospital (RGSSH) and AIIMS Jhajjhar.

(With inputs from agencies)

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