Man duped into undergoing vasectomy

A Indian  villager was duped by two persons who took him for vasectomy without his knowledge and then fled with the Rs 1,200 (£13.40, $21.80) that government hospitals pay for family planning. Forty-five-year-old Dayal Mahto, a resident of Sarishakuri village, 32 km from the district headquarters, was drugged before the no-scalpel vasectomy (NSV) surgery.

The father of six is in a state of shock and has approached Bokaro DC Sunil Kumar and civil surgeon S N Tewary for help. Mahto, a daily wage earner, met the two persons on his way back home from Chas. They offered him a white-washing job and Mahto accepted it as he did not have any work in hand. Thereafter, the duo took him to a roadside stall and offered him tea. Mahto became unconscious immediately after drinking the tea. When he got his senses back he found himself in an auto-rickshaw with the two men.

They took Mahto to a building, which they said, needed a white-wash. "As I went inside I saw some people wearing masks and they asked me to lie on a table... I can't understand or speak Hindi fluently as my mother tongue is Bengali. Before I could resist they began the surgery and I had to lie there helplessly," said Mahto. After that he was asked to put his fingerprint on a paper. The duo then collected the cash and put Mahto in an auto-rickshaw, asked the driver to drop him near a bus stand and vanished.

Mahto came to know about the vasectomy only after he went to a doctor the next day as he was in pain. Shocked by the incident, he visited the panchayat level Legal Aid Clinic and narrated his story to legal advisor Baldev Pandey, who took him to the police. Though Mahto remembers faces of the two men, he could not recollect where the hospital was. Pandey said performing a vasectomy without the consent of the concerned person is a crime. "Authorities should help Mahto and arrest the duo and identify the hospital where the NSV was performed," he said.