Kidney racket takes to Instagram
Shopping for groceries and garments online? There are more interesting things available. Max Healthcare informed Delhi Police on Wednesday about the sale and purchase of kidneys on social media in the name of the institute.
A post on Instagram lures potential sellers with an offer of 1.75 crore for a kidney. It says, Kidney needed urgent in Max hospital, if you are interested in selling your kidney in `1 crore and 75 lakh, contact us on WhatsApp number +917353455954 and www.maxhospital.netkidneyworld/.
The user posted this under the headline Max Hospital Kidney World. The authorities at Max Healthcare categorically rejected having any hand in posting such content on the site.
Max Healthcare strongly denies any association with the fake account running in its name on social media handles, the hospital said in an official statement.
Max Healthcare has nothing to do with activities involving human organ trade and other similar illegal activities. We have lodged a formal complaint (like in the past) with the Delhi Police regarding blatant misrepresentations and deliberate impersonation against unknown persons who have conspired and posted such illegal content in the name of Max Healthcare in various social media posts.
The statement also underscored that sale and purchase of human organs including kidneys is banned under the provisions of the Transplantation of Human Organs Act, 1994. We request the general public to be wary and watchful of such accounts/information online, it said.
According to a top official of hospital, the offender has also posted a link on Instagram where the terms and conditions are mentioned. The user has asked interested persons to pay `7,999 to register their names with the hospital.
Following that, the people would undergo medical check-up including ultrasound and then the price of the kidney would be fixed. A similar message was posted on WhatsApp in 2016 in the name of Max Hospital.
We immediately gave a written complaint at Malviya Nagar police station and a copy was also sent to the commissioner of police, Delhi. We learnt that an FIR has not been registered till now, a Max official said.
Keeping in mind that 1 crore 75 lakh is a big amount, there are possibilities of this being a trap. The motive of the offender could be to just take the registration amount and run.