An incident of medical apathy has come from Uttar Pradesh's Badaun where a man was seen carrying his dead wife's body on his shoulders and pleading with the tempo drivers to drop the body home as he was reportedly denied a hearse by the district hospital.
The hospital authority, however, has denied the allegations and said that the hospital has two hearse vans and are provided to anyone who asks for it.
The Chief Medical Officer has ordered an inquiry into the matter.
Chief Medical Officer told ANI, "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'll look into it and punish those at fault."
The incident brings back memories of Dana Majhi, a tribal man who walked over 10 kilometres with his wife's dead body in Kalahandi last year.
Several such instances have been reported since then.
Two months ago, a differently-abled son and his sister were forced to carry the body of their father on a rickshaw after they were denied a hearse van in Uttar Pradesh's Barabanki.
The family of an 80-year-old woman had to carry her body, tied in cloth, on their shoulders from a hospital in Odisha in July last year.
In March 2017, the relatives of a woman were forced to carry her body home on their shoulders after being allegedly denied an ambulance at a government hospital in Bihar's Muzaffarpur district.
The state governments have ordered health departments to ensure that the dead are treated with dignity and respect. However, the plight of the poor appears to be playing on an unending loop.
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