After the Rajkot civil hospital declared fit and “forcibly” discharged the four Dalit victims of the Una flogging incident, they were admitted to the Ahmedabad civil hospital for treatment for depression.
“All four are severely depressed. They are under observation of a psychiatrist and have been prescribed anti-psychotic drugs,” Ahmedabad civil hospital superintendent Dr MM Prabhakar told HT on Thursday.
They are being treated for emesis (vomiting), body pain and weakness at the hospital, where they were admitted late on Wednesday night.
“Ramesh Sarviya has vomited a couple of times in the past 12 hours. The condition of all four is stable,” Dr Prabhakar said, adding that the medical team was yet to ascertain the reason for their illness. All four have also been administrated concentrated glucose for severe weakness.
“The fact that they still require treatment proves that Rajkot hospital authorities discharged them against their will and before they could recover fully,” Keval Rathod, a relative of one the patients, told HT.
“The incident has left a deep psychological impact on the four. They are very scared…they wake up in the middle of the night and start shivering,” Rathod added.
The families of the four Dalits had to shift them to a hospital 335 km away from hometown Mota Samadhiyala in Una of Gir Somnath district after they were discharged in Rajkot. They have alleged that the four were forcibly discharged from the Rajkot hospital at the behest of a senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader.
They were brought to Ahmedabad in a trust-run hospital’s ambulance under police protection. The district authority was unaware of their condition or the shift.
When contacted, Rajkot Civil Hospital superintendent Dr Dharmendra Vatsraj said, “All four were fit when discharged”.
Congress legislative party leader Shankersinh Vaghela visited the victims in Ahmedabad on Thursday.
The assault on the four Dalit youths allegedly for skinning a dead cow triggered nationwide outrage and was even echoed in Parliament. Gujarat witnessed days of violence as angry Dalits took to the streets in protest, accusing the BJP-led state government of caste bias and discrimination.