The Kayamkulam police on Saturday arrested controversial Kerala naturopath Mohanan Vaidyar on charges of cheating and offering false treatment to a child which led to death.
The parents of the child alleged that Mohanan Vaidyar had treated the child for Psoriasis (a skin disorder) while the child was actually suffering from propionic acidemia, a rare metabolic disorder. Based on the incident, Kerala Health Minister KK Shylaja had submitted a complaint before Chief Minister asking for an enquiry into the child’s death case due to unscientific treatment. Following which, a case was registered for under 304A for culpable homicide not amounting to murder. Mohanan Vaidyar surrendered before the police official after the anticipatory bail application moved by him was rejected by the High Court.
The naturopath has been in the news for the past many years for allegedly treating patients with chronic diseases despite not being an authorised medical practitioner. He was arrested under IPC Section 420 (cheating and dishonestly including delivery of property) and Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act.
Kayamkulam deputy SP Binu R said that he was produced before Kayamkulam Judicial First Class Magistrate Court here and he was released on bail.
Last month, the Krishnapuram gram panchayat in Alappuzha district closed down Mohanan's 'treatment centre' after finding out that he was practicing naturopathy without trained doctors. The centre was functioning at Njakkanal in Krishnapuram since 2018.
He acquired a license for the treatment centre from the panchayat stating trained doctors will give treatment. However, a probe conducted by the District Medical Officer found that it was Mohanan Vaidyar himself treating the patients.