In yet another shocking incident, a man from Bihar’s Purnia district was forced to carry his wife’s dead body on a motorcycle to his residence for the last rites. As per an ANI report, the man was not provided any mortuary van by a government hospital. The man could not afford a private ambulance and therefore resorted to carrying his wife’s body on a bike.
60-year old Shankar Sah, who hails from Ranibari village of Purnia district said his 50-year old wife Susheela Devi passed away due to an illness at the Purnia Sadar Hospital a couple of days back. Sah failed to get any help from hospital authorities despite all efforts, forcing him to place his wife’s body on a motorcycle. He himself had to hold her as pillion rider to reach home.
“After the death of my wife I was told to take away the body and when I requested the medical staff on duty for a vehicle to carry it back to my village, they told me to arrange for it on my own,” he was quoted as saying by ANI.
Sah said he could not get any vehicle for transportation due to financial issues, “I approached the driver of an ambulance, who demanded Rs 1,500 which I could not afford,” he was quoted as saying by the agency. His 32 year old son placed the body on a motorcycle, with Sah holding her as a pillion rider to transport it to their home. The father-son due are wage labourers.
Regretting the incident, Purnia civil surgeon MM Wasim said that no mortuary van is available at the hospital. “It is a very unfortunate incident but no mortuary van is available at the Sadar Hospital, at present, as the one it had is not functional. So, everyone has to arrange one on his own,” he was quoted as saying by ANI.
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This incident happened just a day after reports of a body of a destitute woman being taken in a garbage cart to a hospital in Muzaffarpur for post-mortem examination created outrage, forcing district officials to initiate a probe.
Earlier, this year, relatives of another woman who died in Muzaffarpur, were forced to carry her body on foot for nearly 500 meters before they could hire an auto-rickshaw to take it home. They were also allegedly denied an ambulance at the hospital, the agency report said.