In Odisha’s Kalahandi district, a husband had to carry his wife’s dead body on his shoulders as the hospital authorities did not provide a mortuary van or an ambulance. The incident occurred at the district headquarters hospital at Bhawanipatna where 42-year-old Amang Dei was being treated for tuberculosis and died, The Indian Express reported.
Despite all his efforts, Dei’s husband Dana Manjhi could not get any help from the hospital authorities. Thus, he wrapped his wife’s body in a cloth and started walking to his village Melghara in Rampur block, about 60 km from Bhawanipatna. “I requested everyone, but no one listened. What option did I have other than carrying her,” asked Majhi. He had walked for almost 10 km when some youths saw him and alerted local officials. Soon, an ambulance was sent which took the body to Melghar village.
Kalahandi district collector Brundha D claimed that Majhi did not wait for a vehicle to be arranged. “We would have surely sent the body in a vehicle,” she told, adding that she has sanctioned for Majhi Rs 2000 from the state government’s funeral assistance scheme and another Rs 10,000 from the District Red Cross Fund.