K R Hospital staff throws patient in forest

In a heart-rending incident, a patient was allegedly thrown to the forest by the staff of K.R. Hospital. It is stated that Shekar (23), a resident of Melukote in Mandya district, was admitted to K.R. Hospital for treatment due to illness. He was thrown out of the hospital by the staff thrice and was re-admitted following pressure from the Union Associations.

But now, three staff allegedly took Shekar in an ambulance to a forest area 25 kms away from city and threw him in the forest between Mahadevapura and Melapura villages in the jurisdiction of Srirangapatna taluk, Mandya district. They also placed stale food near him. The shepherdess who heard him wailing stopped a few passersby and informed the matter. Some youth followed the ambulance in vain. The villagers, on learning about the incident, arrived at the spot and tried to provide assistance to the ailing patient.

Dr. Devaraju, who owns a clinic in the same village, was called for providing treatment to him. Later, the Karnataka Rakshana Vedike (KRV) activists also visited Shekar and consoled him. As it started raining, the Vedike workers spread the Vedike banner on him. Former MLA Vijayalakshmi Bandisiddegowda and Arakere PSI M.C. Chikkaraju visited the spot. The village youth Naga, Jagadish, Satish, Shashidhar, Yashwanth and others provided assistance to the victim.

"Sir, don’t send me to hospital. Please take me to my mother-in-law’s house in Banashankari," begged Shekar with folded hands, with the people who came to rescue him. Shekar, who has been victimised for the third time at the hands of the hospital staff, had been thrown out of the hospital two times in the past and literally doesn’t want to see the hospital staff anymore. "Three people brought me here in a van with a buzzing sound, saying they will be taking me home. They placed me here and went away promising to return in a short while," he said with tears.

"My Madam Dr. Geetha Avadhani looked after me very well. She had given me a bed-sheet. But the workers took it away. They gave me stale rice and curry," explained the victim Shekar.

Karnataka Rakshana Vedike (KRV) activists staged a protest in front of K.R. Hospital last evening against the inhuman act of throwing a patient into the forest. The enraged protestors entered the office of the Hospital Administrative Officer and expressed their anger over the incident. They alleged that the doctors have been providing treatment only to the patients, who are paying them the fees and not for the poor patients. On June 19, the patient Shekar, who was thrown out in the garden of the hospital, was re-admitted with the help of Journalists. When he was thrown out again for the second time, KRV activists protested and admitted Shekar to the hospital. However, now the protestors have urged for the dismissal of the staff involved in this heinous act.

The protestors also urged to convene a meeting in this regard. Dr. Vijayakumar assured to hold a meeting today. District President of Karnataka Rakshana Vedike M. Mohankumargowda led the protestors. Organising Secretary Ravigowda, activists Umesh, Purushottam, Kitty and more than 50 others participated in the protest.

Dr. Avadhani ignorant

Meanwhile, K.R. Hospital Superintendent Dr. Geetha Avadhani expressed ignorance over the incident as she was away in Bangalore on official duty. When Star of Mysore contacted her, she said that she would look into the incident and take necessary action against the accused.