Ashram doc denies child morphine prescribing

During his 10 years at the Mangrove Yoga Ashram, Dr Henry Sztulman was alleged to have regularly administered morphine for minor ailments such as an infected toe and a fever.

He told the Royal Commission into child sex abuse, sitting in Sydney, that the claim was “utterly outrageous”.

Former child residents of the ashram have come forward with evidence that they were sexually abused, drugged and beaten by the ashram’s spiritual leader, Swami Akhandananda.

The Royal Commission is investigating the practices of the NSW Central Coast ashram during the 70s and the 80s.

Dr Sztulman said he slowly came to accept there had been abuse at the ashram although he never saw any “overt behaviour” indicating abuse of the children.

He denied witnessing public beatings of adults and children, or treating anyone with injuries consistent with a beating.

“I didn’t actually see it, but one of