Wheelchair bribes: Why a paraplegic had to use a tricycle

“If I do not have it (the Rs 100), the attendant keeps my mobile phone and I have to beg and plead with other patients to pay Rs 100 on my behalf.”

Written by Sreenivas Janyala | Hyderabad | Updated: March 18, 2017 7:47 am
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A paraplegic house painter, who could not pay a bribe of Rs 100 for a wheelchair in a government hospital, was forced to mount his son’s tricycle. Daswa Raju, 38, lost control of his lower limbs when he fell on a transformer on August 24, 2016. Raju had to be taken to the burns ward on Thursday. After suffering at the hands of various attendants at Gandhi Hospital, who once confiscated his wife Santoshi’s cellphone to extract the bribe, Raju now goes to the hospital with his son’s blue tricycle.

Helped by Santoshi, he uses the tricycle to reach the ward on the fifth floor. “We came by autorickshaw to the hospital on Thursday morning for a check-up. To get a wheel chair we have to give Rs 100 to an attendant, which we sometimes cannot afford. So we brought our child’s tricycle,’’ Santoshi said. “If I do not have it (the Rs 100), the attendant keeps my mobile phone and I have to beg and plead with other patients to pay Rs 100 on my behalf.”

Raju, the sole breadwinner, has four children and little hope of finding work soon. The family is taken care of by a neighbour Mohammed Safi, an autorickshaw driver. He also takes him to the hospital in his autorickshaw whenever possible. “This man cannot walk but they demand Rs 100 from his wife for a wheel chair,” Safi said. “I was in tears when I saw how his wife pushes him on the tricycle… No one helps. If we complain, the attendant may help once but the next time again they demand bribes,” he said.

The Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016, says “the appropriate government shall take measures to protect persons with disabilities from all forms of abuse, violence and exploitation and to prevent the same, shall take cognizance of incidents of abuse, violence and exploitation and provide legal remedies…”. Gandhi Hospital medical superintendent Dr B S V Manjula said an inquiry was on. A video of Raju on his son’s tricycle is circulating on social media. “We have seen the video clip…. This is unacceptable,” Manjula said.

“Raju… was in the hospital for nearly three months, and against our advice he checked out saying he preferred out-patient follow-ups. His last appointment was on Monday when he was given a wheel chair but why he came on Thursday we do not know,” she said.

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    Andy KKG
    Mar 18, 2017 at 4:15 am
    Corruption is not possible without cruelty .. You have to be ready to take advantage of people who are weak and helpless... We are a cruel people ..lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Imagine the following instances of corruptionlt;br/gt;a) Auto rikshaw driver refusing rides to elderly people / young women in heavy rains at night -- Corruption Crueltylt;br/gt;b) Making elderly people go pillar to post in government offices -- Corruption Crueltylt;br/gt;c) Building Bad roads to make some extra money causing suffering to users of road -- Corruption Crueltylt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;This is one extreme example of the same phenomenon ..
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      Lannister
      Mar 18, 2017 at 2:34 am
      Strict action should be taken against hospital management.... Really shameful incident.
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        Kishor Harilal Jani
        Mar 18, 2017 at 3:09 am
        This is only tip of the ice berg. Corruption , particular in government offices and public places , has gone deep into dna.The inherit this from their role models namely higher ups -both bureaucrats and poloticians. Correction necessary at all levels.
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          mister
          Mar 18, 2017 at 9:56 pm
          for injection they will use Pichkari
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            mister
            Mar 18, 2017 at 9:56 pm
            shown to the world indians excel at JUGAAD
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              mister
              Mar 18, 2017 at 9:59 pm
              this is bad , but medical treatment in Adavnced countries is also very expensive , and they wont even touch you if you cant pay .
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                mister
                Mar 18, 2017 at 10:00 pm
                we should root out corruption but facilities will still be unaffordable.
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                  mister
                  Mar 19, 2017 at 1:01 pm
                  we should root out corruption but facilities will still be unaffordable.
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                    Nail on
                    Mar 18, 2017 at 8:05 am
                    NNAILlt;br/gt;This is the situation in all the Government Hospitals in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, in KGH at Vizag ward boys beat patients if they do not pay bribe, there is a big coterie of nurses, and ward boys Doctors knew every thing and they have their own vested interest.Surprisingly nothing changed on the ground even in the so called Bangaru telengana. Politicians just create Utopian concept to the voters till they reach their objective of electing and Looting. Now they split and both Chandra Babu Naidu and Chandra Sekhara Rao have their own targest to am wealth to them and their family !!! System will not change unless voter mind set if changed. I often doubt does democracy is suitable for India and Indians
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                      Nail on
                      Mar 18, 2017 at 8:03 am
                      This is the situation in all the Government Hospitals in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, in KGH at Vizag ward boys beat patients if they do not pay bribe, there is a big coterie of nurses, and ward boys Doctors knew every thing and they have their own vested interest.Surprisingly nothing changed on the ground even in the so called Bangaru telengana. Politicians just create Utopian to the voters till they reach their objective of Looting. Now they split and both chandra Babu Naidu and Chandra Sekhara Rao have their own targest to amsss wealth to them and their family !!! System will not change unless voter mind set if changed. If often doubt does democracy is suitable for India and Indians.
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                        NaveenNayak
                        Mar 18, 2017 at 2:37 am
                        Shameful on part of wheel chair provider; Govt must punish him severely; IF needed a token fee may be collected from the patient officially for the chair ; say Rs 10 ; and staff member told clearly NOT to seek bribe; Or get sacked and punished; ONLY way to set right such crooks !
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                          Please dont
                          Mar 18, 2017 at 2:59 am
                          Sasi come on man, that is not the right atude. He has other needs apart from the wheelchair. And Killing someone is not the answer to a problem.lt;br/gt;There are other peaceful means to solve such societal problems.lt;br/gt;I request you to think multiple times before you react this way.
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                            roger
                            Mar 18, 2017 at 1:30 am
                            Can someone please provide details of this gentleman so that some donations can be forwarded to him
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                              Ramanathan Pillai
                              Mar 19, 2017 at 6:44 am
                              It is a misconception that only the attendants and other lower level staff only demand bribe! The w Government Hospital Eco system is such that the high level staff are (Doctors , Superintendents and others ) are given their due share by the low level staff who actually collect the bribe. So it is no wonder the high level staff protect the low level staff.
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                                Girish Rao
                                Mar 18, 2017 at 3:44 am
                                Corruption is a deep rooted problem and has affected the phychi of the people like a cancer. God help us
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                                  Sasi
                                  Mar 18, 2017 at 2:00 am
                                  We don't need to send donations to bribe.. kill that givt attendent who asked bribe from him,,
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                                    Yash Pal
                                    Mar 18, 2017 at 2:08 am
                                    Instead of forwarding any donations to the patient, let us first forward this article to KCR and see if he does anything about this practice of 'donation' to the attendant because this appears to be modus opei if anyone needs a wheelchair in that hospital. If nothing is done, then the next step should be thought of. After donation to the patient to meet his expenses (except for wheelchair) can be given.
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