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Karnataka Relives the Dark Sanjay Gandhi Era

Vasectomy ‘victims’ in Hoskote face ostracisation from neighbours and family members, who are treating them as impotent

Published: 15th November 2015 11:36 AM  |   Last Updated: 15th November 2015 11:36 AM   |  A+A-

BENGALURU: Even as the nine people, who were conned into undergoing vasectomy operations, are yet to come out of the shock, stigma and ostracisation stares them in the face.

Their neighbours look at them strangely and some of their family members too are not supporting them as they are being treated as impotent.

“After the operation, I am not showing my face to anyone as people look at me strangely,” Narayanaswamy told The Sunday Standard.

Another victim, Gopal says he is yet to come out of the shock. “After the surgery, I have not slept well, as my family is ignoring me. I hold Munikrishna responsible if I am pushed to take an extreme step.”

Nine men were allegedly forced to drink alcohol before being taken to the government hospital, where they underwent vasectomy on November 3. The operations were conducted during a week-long camp from November 1 to 7.

Allegations of Cheating

The men were duped by Munikrishna, who promised them help to get rid of their alcohol addiction. “He asked me not to tell anything to my family. When I asked him why he had misled me, he gave me Rs 300 and left the scene before threatening me that he would harm my family,” Narayanswamy, a victim, said. They were forced to sign papers before leaving the hospital.

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No Takers for Sterilisation

The number of people opting for vasectomy as a family planning measure is so little that the state government had to increase the cash reward from Rs 300 to Rs 1,300. Women opting for tubectomy are given Rs 300 only. State Health Director G M Vamadeva rubbished claims of forceful vasectomies.



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