In yet another shocking incident, a 38-year-old man spent five hours on the streets with the body of his wife on Monday night after being denied permission by his landlord to enter his room. He was also turned away by the hospital that did not give any discharge papers. The incident was reported from east Delhi’s Anand Vihar area. According to a report, eyewitnesses said the man, Chotelal, kept shuttling his wife’s body between Hegdewar Hospital, his home in Karkardooma village and his tea stall near Cross River shopping mall.
Anju, 35, died around 9 pm at east Delhi’s Hedgewar Hospital. Her husband, Chotelal, had admitted her around 6 pm with high fever, severe joint pain and facial swelling. Doctors at the hospital told him that she had died of chikungunya, but the hospital authorities did not provide him a doctor’s prescription nor a death certificate, mentioning the cause of death, he alleged. Nor did they arrange for an ambulance; instead, they asked him to take his wife’s body home on his own.
A private ambulance driver, Gaurav, after much negotiation, agreed to transport Anju’s body to his house for Rs 200. But when he arrived at the rented accommodation he lived in, he asked the landlord, Bablu, to help take the body up, but he refused to even let him enter the building. According to Bablu, Chote Lal didn’t have any documents of his wife’s death that could prove that she died of chikungunya and was admitted to east Delhi’s Hedgewar Hospital. “I gave him Rs 2,000 to take the body back to the hospital and keep it in the mortuary until morning,” he said.
Chotelal then went back to the hospital in the ambulance but was refused entry by the guards. He then requested the driver to drop him back near his tea stall, where some of his friends lived. Constable Vikram was patrolling the area when he spotted the ambulance and approached its driver who narrated to him the entire story. “We provided Chotelal all necessary help,” said a senior police officer. The hospital administration is conducting an internal enquiry after we informed them about the matter. The constable informed the station house officer about the matter and he in turn arranged a space at the village pradhan’s home where the body was preserved for the night after covering it in a bag with ice. On Tuesday afternoon, the man finally cremated his wife’s body.
Recently, in Odisha, a man walked 10 km carrying the dead body of his wife, with his 12-year old daughter by his side. The man, Dana Majhi was not provided with a vehicle by the hospital authorities in Bhawanipatna, in the district of Kalahandi, where Amang Dei, his wife was being treated for Tuberculosis. Despite repeated pleas to the authorities, he was told that the hospital doesn’t have any vehicles for his service. Majhi then wrapped the body of his wife in a piece of cloth and carried it for nearly 10-12 km towards his village, which was 60 km away from the hospital.