No Walking Dead Here : Odisha Man Forced To Carry Dead Wife For 10 Km Before Help Arrives

The poor man had lose his wife to Tuberculosis on Tuesday night

When Dana Manjhi, a tribal man in one of the poorest districts in Odisha, was left with no choice to move his wife’s dead body on Wednesday morning, he decided to carry it himself from a government hospital, 60 kms from his village. This was after he had lost his 42-yr old wife the previous night to tuberculosis.

The heart-rending video (below) is a grim reminder of the apathy that the poor face even in the worst times a human being can possibly endure. This is after the launch of the ‘Mahaparayana’ scheme in February by the government, offering to transport bodies from government hospitals free of charge. Under the scheme, 37 government hospitals were given vehicles to carry the dead.

“I told the hospital authorities that I am a poor man and cannot afford a vehicle. I kept requesting them but they said they could not help,” Mr Majhi said to a television crew that found him. Despite the scheme aimed at the poor, none of those vehicles were available when Majhi needed it the most.

Wrapping the body in a cloth, he set out on foot with his weeping daughter accompanying him and walked 10 km before the local TV crew found him and called for an ambulance to help Mr. Majhi with the remainder of the journey.

Kalikesh Singh Deo, a Member of Parliament of the state’s ruling Biju Janata Dal, tweeted, “I have already asked the local minister to verify this and take appropriate action.”

Kalahandi District Collector Brunda D said, “As we got to know of the incident, we arranged for an ambulance.” He said he had also instructed the administration to help the family with the funeral under another government scheme.

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