Highlighting the age old stigma in the Indian society, a 60-year-old man suffering from leprosy was denied a proper cremation ceremony in Odisha as none of the locals extended their support to shoulder his dead body on Wednesday.

A retired bank official by profession, Jaynarayan Sahoo was batteling leprosy dies on Wednesday in Basudevpalli village in Boudh district wbattling to Sahoo’s daughter and his son-in-law, to carry the dead body to the cremation site.

After the family was shunned by the neighbours, the deceased daughter Manjurani (35) along with his husband and brother carried the dead body for the funeral.

“No one, only the Sarpnch helped up with RS 2000,” said the son of the deceased.

Notably, the state has seen several similar cases of rejection by the society in the past.

Leprosy is a long-term infection by the bacterium Mycobacterium leprae or Mycobacterium lepromatosis.

Initially, infections are without symptoms and typically remain this way for 5 to 20 years. Leprosy is spread between people. This is thought to occur through a cough or contact with fluid from the nose of an infected person.