The Indian Jail-to-Hospital Syndrome!
In the aftermath of the mammoth scams unleashed in India, the Indian jails have been filling all the time - undergoing a profile change too. One is more likely to find the famous and rich there nowadays rather than petty criminals.
his profile change has necessitated hospitals to come into rabid contention. All the ministers, industrial tycoons, political leaders, top executives and the like being increasingly lodged in the Indian jails need the bail first and if denied, the hospitals.
Only the other day a prominent former Chief Minister of a southern state of India who was forced to resign recently due to land grabbing scam was charged, denied bail and put in jail. The former Chief Minister surrendered in court when he saw that there was no chance of getting bail thus preventing a formal arrest.
What followed was inevitable. He complained of chest pain and was transferred to a hospital. This has been the hallmark of the said profile change of Indian jails, because big guys always expect better facilities and care in hospitals.
Though chest pain has been the common complaint, one sports administrator recently created history by claiming dementia to justify hospitalization. That could have been very true in his case because he misinterpreted ‘commonwealth’ as belonging to him and his ‘common’ friends only and looted in gay abandon. He even claimed memory loss in regard to many of his signatures and deals.
But one should not get carried away with such extremely one sided presentation. The other side must also be looked into.
Firstly, big guys get terrified of missing the used-to luxuries, comforts and food and may actually fall sick.
Secondly, some of them are really sick and their condition becomes acute on being put in jails thus needing urgent medical attention.
Balancing-the-story apart, there is no denying the fact that several Indian jails are fast becoming places of great interest that could benefit the medical infrastructure too!