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Nineteen-Year-Old Indian Kid Gives Police The Most Legit Excuse Ever After Getting Caught Impersonating A Doctor For 5 Months

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Source - Delhi Police have arrested a 19-year-old medical aspirant who was impersonating as an AIIMS doctor for the past five months. The accused, Adnan Khurram, used his fake identity to make friends across departments and among medical students. He even participated in events meant for doctors – from strikes to marathon, said the AIIMS resident doctors’ association.

When police arrested him on Saturday, they were surprised by his ‘knowledge’ of medicines, the names of doctors and department heads at AIIMS.

One of the reasons he had given for his crime was that had to help an ailing family member get preferential treatment. He also said that he posed as a doctor because he liked to spend time with doctors, a profession he wanted to take up himself.

RDA president Harjit Singh said Khurram had been observing his activities in the campus for the past many months and decided to keep a watch.

“He would roam around wearing the lab coat and stethoscope all the time. We found out that he had made different claims to different doctors. To some, he would claim that he was a junior resident doctor while to junior resident doctors, he would introduce himself as an undergraduate medical student. He had even made his way to the WhatsApp groups,” said Singh.

The police said Khurram had no criminal record. During investigation, it was found that Khurram had uploaded many photographs wearing a doctor’s coat and stethoscope on social media. There are also photographs of him with politicians. Khurram, a native of Bihar, lived in Batla House, near Jamia Nagar.

Of all the reasons to impersonate a doctor, helping an ailing family member may be the most legit. Should he have gone about getting grandma the treatment she deserves in a more honorable fashion? Absolutely. But I understand why he didn’t. When a loved one gets sick you do everything in your power to help them get healthy. Even if that means bending the rules a little bit. I don’t know if it makes me a bad person, but there isn’t one part of this kids story that I disagree with. He essentially spent five months making sure he wanted to go to medical school before taking the plunge.

He also said that he posed as a doctor because he liked to spend time with doctors, a profession he wanted to take up himself.

Nothing wrong with that. You got to take the temperature of the program before you dive in head first. Make sure your classmates are cool, check out the campus, see if the white coat helps your follower count. I get it. I’m sure there’s an element of ego involved too. I was a slutty doctor for Halloween one year and it was great. I could feel people respecting me as I walked down the street. Did I take it to the next level by walking into a hospital to actually practice medicine? No, but I probably could’ve gotten away with it if I tried. I’m white enough that people wouldn’t have questioned me, at least for a few hours.

That said, as empathetic as I am to his situation he does deserve some punishment. I’m not sure what the prison system is like in India but I hope it’s not that. He’s too cute to go to prison. He’s like the Indian version of Justin Bieber.  Whatever the punishment, hopefully he learns his lesson and doesn’t become a repeat offender.