A tribal man in Odisha carried the dead body of his wife on his shoulders after hospital authorities refuse to a mortuary van or an ambulance. after failing to get a vehicle to take home the body of his wife from the district hospital, Dana Majhi set out on foot for his village Melghar, a 60-km walk, along with his 12-year-old daughter on Wednesday in the district of Kalahandi.
Dana Majhi wrapped his wife’s body in old sheets from the bed at the hospital in Bhawanipatna, adjusted her on his shoulders and started walking to his home in Melghar village in Kalahandi. His suffering from tuberculosis, died early on Wednesday morning. Left with little money, Majhi requested hospital authorities to arrange a vehicle for transporting the body.
According to a report Hindustan Times, Dana Majhi told Odisha TV, “The hospital authorities said that there are no vehicles. I pleaded with them saying I am a poor person and cannot afford a vehicle to carry my wife’s body. Despite repeated requests, they said they cannot offer me any help.”
Majhi’s daughter accompanied him till some local reporters spotted the duo. They called up the District Collector and arranged for an ambulance for the remaining 50 km of the journey. The hospital authorities apparent refusal came in spite of an existing government scheme in which bodies of deceased from government hospitals are required to be sent to their homes free of charge.
Dana Majhi’s 42-year-old wife Amang Dei died of tuberculosis at the hospital in Odisha’s Kalahandi on Tuesday night.
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