Odisha: A grief-stricken tribal man in Kalahandi, Odisha carried his wife’s lifeless body on his shoulder for a staggering 12 km purportedly because he had no money to arrange for a van and the district hospital authorities had refused him help for lack of money.
Pictures captured of Dana Majhi shows the man carrying his wife’s body wrapped in sheets through the streets as his daughter walks along with him sobbing by his side. Amangadei’s body was removed from the hospital in Bhawanipatna town on Wednesday morning after which, Majhi carried his wife’s body on his shoulders to his home in Melghar village in Kalahandhi, reports the Indian Express.
Majhi’s wife was suffering from tuberculosis and passed away on early Wednesday morning. With no money for a vehicle, Majhi requested hospital authorities to help him by arranging a small vehicle for transportation. But when the authorities flatly refused, Majhi carried his wife on his shoulders.
As Majhi started carrying the body, local youths who became vary of what had happened notified officials and a van was immediately sent to help the grieving husband and daughter. By then, Majhi had almost walked 12 km carrying his wife’s corpse on his shoulder.
Despite promises of a better assistance to the tribals and the Dalits in the region, shocking instances of families having to carry their kin’s body without transportation facilities have been occuring repeatedly in the Navin Patnaik government.