The district administration in Madhya Pradesh’s Shajapur, on Monday, June 8, acted against a hospital for illegally confining and their inhuman treatment to an elderly patient as his kin failed to repay the bill of his medical expenses. The action came as the aftermath of a viral video on social media showing the scene, which was taken into cognisance by the Shajapur district administration on a complaint. The viral video from Shajapur district showed an elderly man tied to a bed in the hospital in an inhuman manner.
Inhumane horror in hospital at Shajapur, Madhya Pradesh.
An elderly patient is barbarically tied to the hospital bed because he was unable to pay hospital fees.
— Youth Congress (@IYC) June 7, 2020
The District Collector has also, reportedly, sealed the hospital for their inhuman and illegal confinement of the 80-year old patient, Laxmi Narayan, seen helpless in the video. The district administration has also sealed the hospital and booked the manager of the hospital in the case.
“Nursing home’s registration has been cancelled and it has been sealed. A case has been lodged against the manager. Their patients were taken to district hospital,” stated the District Collector, on Monday, quoted news agency ANI. The manager of the hospital, Nitesh Sharma, has been booked under Section 342 (Punishment for Wrongful Confinement) of Indian Penal Code (IPC).
साथ ही संबंधित संस्था के प्रबंधक श्री नितेश शर्मा पिता नारायण शर्मा निवासी गैस गोडाउन शाजापुर के विरूद्ध भारतीय दण्ड संहिता की धारा 342 के तहत कोतवाली थाना शाजापुर में अपराध पंजीबद्ध किया गया है।
— Collector Shajapur (@collectorshajap) June 8, 2020
Narayan is reported to have come walking from Madhya Pradesh’s Rajgarh district to Shajapur district in pursuance of medical treatment. It is reported that Narayan’s family paid a sum of Rs. 6,000 to the hospital administration during the treatment. The family claimed that it paid Rs. 5,000 to the hospital authorities later as well. However, at the time of discharge, the hospital administration sought Rs. 11,270 more.
The family failed to pay the bill of Rs. 11,270 as they couldn’t arrange the funds. Upon failure to pay the amount, the hospital administration tied Narayan’s limbs with a rope to his bed, as seen in the viral video. Somebody shot the whole scene in a mobile camera and shared it on social media. The video got viral and encountered public furore over this inhuman treatment to an elderly and helpless man.
The viral video is disturbing as the doctors are compared to God during the ongoing Corona Virus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. Such a scene coming from a hospital which is considered next to God’s house right now is disturbing and astonishing.