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Odisha issues notification to treat dead with dignity

IANS | Updated on: Thursday, May 30, 2019, 12:14 PM IST

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Bhubaneswar: Following two incidents of a tribal carrying his wife’s body on his shoulder over 10 km and a woman’s body at a hospital being  carried for the last rites, strung from a pole,the Odisha government on Wednesday ordered the state’s health facilities to ensure that the dead are treated with dignity and respect.

“The dead body must be treated with all dignity and respect. On no account should a dead body, whether Medico Legal Case (MLC) or non-MLC, unclaimed or not, be allowed to be carried on shoulders, or strung on a pole, or in any manner that compromises the dignity of the dead,” the state’s health department said in a notification issued on Wednesday.

It said the body should be carried on a stretcher/cot as far as possible and it should also be kept appropriately in a designated place till all formalities are over.

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While police stations in rural areas would get Rs 1,500 for transportation of the bodies, Rs 1,000 in case of urban areas and Rs 2,000 for “unusual cases”. If a family asks for a hearse, the district collector would give aid from the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund for transportation of the body from government hospital to the destination of the kin within the district.

The collector can sanction a maximum of Rs 2,000, or as per the guidelines of the state’s scheme.–IANS

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Published on: Thursday, October 06, 2016, 06:26 AM IST