Tuesday , April 23 2019

Odisha: Man forced to carry father’s dead body on shoulders

Sarat Barik had to carry his father’s dead body on his shoulders due to the unavailability of a hearse or any other mode of transport.


BHUBANESWAR: Even as the shameful incident of Dana Majhi carrying the dead body of his wife on his shoulders in Odisha’s Kalahandi, due to his incapability to afford transportation, is yet to fade away, a alike heart-wrenching incident has come to the fore in Rajkanika block of Kendrapara district in Odisha.

Reports on Thursday stated Sarat Barik of Kothasahi village under Rajkanika block had to carry his father Rabi Narayan Barik’s dead body on his shoulders due to the unavailability of a hearse or any other mode of transport at the community health centre (CHC), where the latter was admitted. The instance happened on Wednesday

Sarat’s father was on Tuesday admitted to a local CHC due to jaundice. Though, he died while undergoing treatment. As Sarat didn’t have a single penny to provide a transport to carry his father’s body back to the village, he asked the CHC authorities to help him.

As there was no hearse facility, the hospital authorities stated their inability to help. With no other options left, Sarat had carried his father’s body on his shoulders for about one km and was later helped by his uncle.

En route, a person helped Sarat by allowing the body to be carried on his bike to the village.  While the body of the deceased was kept on the verandah of the hospital for more than 2 hours, the health officer-in-charge of the CHC, still, stated he was unaware of the incident “I was at a meeting when the incident took place. There is no facility here for carrying dead body,” stated Dr Ajit Das, the health officer.

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