Bhubaneswar, Oct 19 (LocalWire) Orissa Human Rights Commission (OHRC) has directed the State health department to ensure decent and dignified burial of the ‘unclaimed’ bodies.
Taking strong exception to an alleged incident at Bolangir in three years ago in which the body of a minor girl was dumped on the garbage yard, OHRC had issued notices to the local municipality authorities.
Dead has the right to decent burial as per legal provisions.
The act of dumping human bodies is a despicable and uncivilized act.
The government agencies are duty bound to perform the role of facilitator either to bury or cremate the bodies bereft of claimants, the rights panel stated while posting the matter for further hearing on December 10.
According to case records, the body of a minor was retrieved from the garbage dump in Bolangir town on May 25, 2016 by a local civil society group. The railway police had earlier recovered the body lying in pool of blood on the rail tracks.
Incidentally, the victim had been murdered by her father in an act of honour killing as she had eloped with a man from lower caste hierarchy.
As her father was arrested for the murder, the railway police had handed over the body to the urban local body for cremation.
However, the civic body staff instead of performing the last rites had dumped the body on garbage dump.
The group members recovered the mutilated body with stray dogs eating it up; the petition by rights activists had informed the panel.
Odisha had earlier hogged the spotlight albeit for wrong reasons when a tribal man Dana Majhi was seen carrying the corpse of his spouse on his shoulder trekking ten kilo metres for cremation of the body.
Ambulance service had eluded Majhi and TV cameras had grabbed the heart-wrenching scene that stirred the nation’s conscience.