Grieving Hubby Carries Dead Wifes Body On Shoulder

CENPublished: May 8, 2018
Published: May 8, 2018

By Gabriel Zamfir

This is the shocking moment a grieving husband carried his wife's dead body home on his shoulders after he claims a hospital refused to provide a hearse.

The man, whose name has not been reported, was filmed by eyewitnesses carrying his wife over his shoulder as he walked through the city of Badaun in northern India's Uttar Pradesh state.

He claimed that the Badaun District Hospital denied him the use of a hearse to take his wife home for her funeral after she died in hospital.

The man reportedly pleaded with passing drivers but nobody was prepared to stop and help him take the corpse home.

The hospital has promised to investigate but insisted it had two hearses available to relatives of deceased patients who asked for them.

A spokesman said: "(We) got to know of it through media, it is condemnable, but we have two hearse vans, which are provided to whoever asks for it. I will look into it and punish those at fault."

It is the latest in a series of similar incidents in India, where a tribal man called Dana Majhi walked more than 10 kilometres (6.2 miles) carrying his wife's dead body in the Kalahandi district of the eastern state of Odisha last year.

Two months ago, a disabled man and his sister were forced to carry the body of their father on a rickshaw after they were denied a hearse in Uttar Pradesh's city of Barabanki.

And the family of an 80-year-old woman had to carry her body home on their shoulders from a hospital in the eastern state of Odisha last year.

Similar incidents have been reported in the Chatra district of Jharkhand state and the Muzaffarpur district of Bihar.

State governments have ordered health departments to ensure that the dead are treated with proper dignity and respect, although it seems they still have some way to go.

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