Paralysed man forced to use children’s tri-cycle in Hyderabad hospital – no bribe, no wheelchair (video)
A video of a man pushing himself around on a toddler’s tricycle in Hyderabad was widely shared on social media in the last week.
The incident in question is a brutal reminder of what corruption can do to the poorest of the poor in society. Raju, an artist from Begumpet in Hyderabad, had become semi-paralyzed and injured both his legs in a freak accident involving electric shocks in August 2016.
He was admitted to Gandhi Hospital for treatment. What followed was a series of extortions – the ward boys asked his family for bribes even to allow them to meet him. The family of five is desperately poor, subsisting on just the Rs.1500 Raju’s wife Santoshi earns by washing utensils. This, however, did not make any difference to the greedy employees of the hospital.
When they refused to provide him a wheelchair repeatedly unless a bribe of 100 rupees was paid, the family had no choice other than to bring in their toddler son’s tricycle.
After the video was shared, IT minister K Taraka Rana Rao assured help to the family, reports The Times of India.
The in-charge superintendent of the hospital has said that no official complaint has been filed, but the hospital has begun an enquiry on its own.