The Hush Post: Visuals of an impoverished man carrying the corpse of his dead wife on his shoulders, along with his 12-year-old daughter accompanying him, for about 12 kms are still fresh in our minds. The incident was reported from a Orissa village in August, 2016.
March, 2018: An almost similar sequence of events has happened, this time in Uttar Pradesh’s Barabanki town. A differently-abled youth and his sister on Monday carried the body of their father on a cart after authorities at Trivediganj Community Health Centre (CHC) were unable to provide a hearse van to carry the body home.
The deceased Mansharam’s children, Rajkumar and Manju, were forced to carry their father’s body to their home for about eight kms on a cart. Chief Medical Officer Dr R.Chandra told a news agency that they had only two hearse vans available for the entire district. None of the vans was available at that time, he said.
People from poor families in far-flung areas in different states are often forced to carry the bodies of their loved ones on their shoulders, carts, bicycles, trolley rickshaws and even wooden cots because of non-availability of mortuary vehicles.