Cancer, accidents are 'divine justice' for 'sins', says Assam health minister

Cancer, accidents are 'divine justice' for 'sins', says Assam health minister

Congress leader and former Union Minister Kapil Sibal on Thursday slammed Assam Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma for his remarks that cancer is divine justice for sins committed.

Assam Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma has clarified that his tweet "Cancer divine justice for our sins" was to motivate teachers and serve the poor. Reacting to P Chidambaram's tweet, he said that he has only spoken about how Hinduism believes in Karmic law and "human sufferings are linked to karmic deficiency of past life". Sometimes we come across young men getting inflicted with cancer or young men meeting with accidents. If one checks the background, one will know that it is divine justice. Else, "divine justice" will dawn upon you and you'll die a sorry soul. It is mentioned even in Gita, Bible about the outcome of one's actions. In his speech, he quoted Cancer as a Divine Justice for Sins that stirs a twitter war. Maybe the son hasn't committed a sin but the father has, the divine justice will always catch up to you.

The comments of health Minster Himanata Biswa sparked the politics with sharp response among cancer patients.

"However, Dr B B Borthakur, State-run Dr B Barooah Cancer Institute's Medical Superintendent sought to downplay Sarma's remarks by saying that he did not make "...the remark on a scientific basis but in a social context... don't think it is a matter to be made into a controversy. "It is not a matter to be given so much importance".

The Assam Health Minister continued to defend his own statement in a series of tweets.

After Chidambaram's tweet, Sarma replied to him on Twitter, asking him not to distort his statements. "I never said that sin cause cancer.it was a speech to motivate teacher.serve poor or otherwise you may face karmic deficiency and suffer in next http://life.science cannot promote human value.religion might.good night".

The health minister, who was a member of the Congress till 2015, blamed "Karma" as the cause of cancer, while referring to a few teachers in state government schools who bunk classes.

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