Berhampur, July 3 (LocalWire): Ganjam district administration were forced to cremate the body of a 75-year old man at Balipada in Kukudakhandi block, when the villagers did not come forward to perform his last rites.
The villagers were afraid to perform the last rites of the man as one of his sons had tested positive for coronavirus and is undergoing treatment at Bhubaneswar, while the man’s son-in-law died due to COVID-19 a week ago.
Earlier, another one of the deceased’s sons, identified as B. Rama Chandra Subudhi had died of COVID-19 nearly 12-days ago at the MKCG Medical College and Hospital. Doctors said that he died due to pneumonia.
However, some of the persons who had come into contact with Ram Chandra while performing his last rites, tested positive for Covid-19, including his brother and brother-in-law.
Though the old man who died on Friday did not test positive for Covid-19, the stigma attached to the coronavirus might have had a role to play in the villagers not cooperating with the family members for the cremation of the body.
“With the request of the family members of the deceased, we carried the body in an ambulance and cremated it outside the village,” said the Tahsildar of Kukudakhandi, Ipsita Mishra.
“We have also sensitized the people regarding the stigma attached to COVID patients,” she added.