‘Complete sensitisation on disposal of human corpses’

The Odisha Human Rights Commission (OHRC) has directed the State government to sensitise officials on disposing unclaimed human bodies with dignity.

The Standard Operating Procedure and government guideline prepared for disposal of human bodies should be followed by line departments including Health and Family Welfare and State police, said a division bench of OHRC comprising chairperson Justice B. P. Das and Justice Raghubir Das.

In one month

The OHRC bench emphasized on completing sensitisation among all civic body and panchayat functionaries about disposal of bodies in one month. The commission was of the view that the guideline was not properly followed.

“The guidelines were prepared by the State government after infamous Dana Majhi episode. The tribal man had to carry his wife’s body on shoulder for 12 kilometre in absence of hearse service in Kalahandi district. Incidents of human bodies being transported by cycles and left abandoned in city dumping sites have been reported on many occasions,” said Biswapriya Kanungo, human rights activist who had moved to the commission on the issue.


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