He took us to the nearest bar and got us all drunk

Nine men from Bengaluru outskirts claim they were conned into sterilisation in a campImage: Biswarup Sarkar/ Flickr
news Monday, November 09, 2015 - 19:12

"They gave me three injections and when I woke up I was on a stretcher. My legs were feeling numb. Later I was told that I can’t have children anymore," said 50-year-old Narayana Swamy, who underwent vasectomy at a government hospital in Hoskote taluk in Bengaluru Rural district.

Narayana, a resident of Ejipura in Devanahalli taluk tells The News Minute that a man named Munikrishna met him and a group of workers on November 3 at a tea shop near the construction site where he worked. Munikrishna reportedly told the workers to get blood and urine tests done at a new hospital in Hoskote.

“He told us a few foreign doctors would conduct a few tests and in return we would get some money for attending the camp. He took us to the nearest bar and got us all drunk. About 20 of us went to the hospital,” he said.

However, no one was at any point told that it was vasectomy that would be done, said Narayana.

“About 9 of us were operated. Munikrishna gave us Rs.500 each before dropping us off at the bus stop. That was the last time we saw him,” Narayana added.

Narayana, however did not tell his family until Wednesday when he had pain in his midriff and bleeding in his private parts.  He had also been vomiting and feeling weak throughout the day.  

Narayana said that the other 8 people, who underwent the operation, were also facing the same problem.

“He is the only earning member in the family. We have five children to feed. How are we going to survive if he can’t walk or even move around? It is the mistake of the hospital for not having informed the family members,” Narayana’s wife Nirmala said.

Gajendra from Manava Hakkugala Rakshane Samithi, a human rights organisation that has been helping the victims said that the hospital had taken the signature of the workers. However, neither did the workers ask nor did the hospital inform them what exactly was going to be done.

“Usually the government asks hospitals to conduct the operations free of cost. But they could have done this to meet targets for the vasectomy camp they were conducting,” Gajendra added.

However, the Bengaluru Rural health official, Rajesh denied allegations against the hospital.

Rajesh said, “There was a ‘Vasectomy saptaha’ from November 1 to 7 in the state. Our field inspector personally goes and motivates men to undergo this operation. On November 3, there were 14 people who underwent the operation. The hospital has their consent form and the register they signed before taking the cheque of Rs.1000 that was given to them.”

Anyone who is drunk is not allowed to go through the operation. They go through a round of check-up and counselling, said Rajesh.

“The 9 people who have filed a complaint might have come with some private agent, whom the police is still tracking. We have all the documents which suggest that there were no mistake on the hospital’s side. However, only after Munikrishna is caught we would know what really happened,” Rajesh said. 

 

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