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In a recent episode of Casualty, beloved character Rash Masum (Neet Mohan) was racially profiled outside the hospital.
Making his way into work with friend and colleague Ethan (George Rainsford), Rash was stopped by a police officer, who asked to look inside his bag.
Rash questioned why the officer wanted to search him, to which he replied, ‘it’s just a routine check’.
The sadness and frustration in Rash’s eyes that this was ‘the same as last time’ made the scene powerful, and when Ethan asked the officer if he wasn’t searching him because he’s a white man, Rash was worried the police officer would take action if Ethan continued to question the so-called ‘routine check’.
Because of the encounter with the racist officer, Rash later failed to report patient Farah to the police.
As a dark new storyline begins for Rash this Saturday, Metro.co.uk caught up with actor Neet Mohan, who delved further into the racial profiling ordeal and touched on his own experiences when it comes to being stopped and searched:
‘I’ve been stopped and searched as well, like many people it can come down to how it’s done and why it’s done. It is the reality of the world we live in now and I think being racially profiled opened it up for Rash. Hafsa touched on it as well, she said how even though Rash is a doctor, he still gets stopped and searched.
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‘The encounter of being racially profiled helps Rash understand these kids are in a vulnerable position, they don’t feel safe talking to the police. Farah was wearing a tag and was compromised and if she went to the police, it could lead her back into prison.
‘Rash felt he was doing the right thing by giving her a “chance” but soon, he finds he’s in so deep he’s bitten off more than he can chew.’
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