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Denied ambulance, man forced to carry on foot newborn’s dead body in Jharkhand’s Latehar

The incident bears similarities with Dana Manjhi incident in Orissa’s Kalahandi where the tribal man was forced to carry his dead wife’s body on foot for over 10 km.

Updated: Aug 08, 2018 16:01:26

By Vishal Sharma

Manoj Bhuian alleged that the hospital authorities denied them ambulance, saying it could not be availed for carrying a corpse. (HT Photo)

Non-availability of hearse vehicle at a government hospital in Jharkhand once again denied dignity to a dead person in Latehar district, as the dead body of a newborn had to be carried on foot by his father after the scheduled caste (SC) family failed to get an ambulance from hospital and could not rent a private vehicle owing to acute poverty.

The incident bears similarities with Dana Manjhi incident in Orissa’s Kalahandi where the tribal man was forced to carry his dead wife’s body on foot for over 10 km.

In Jharkhand too, a couple had to carry a man’s body on foot under similar circumstances in Chatra in July last year. Many such incidents have been reported from different parts of country since January 2017.

On Tuesday morning, Manoj Bhuian admitted his pregnant wife Reema Devi at government community health centre in Manika where she delivered a dead baby boy. The body was handed over to the grieving family but no arrangement was made for transporting the body to their native village, eight km from the hospital. The hospital authorities denied them ambulance saying it could not be availed for carrying a corpse.



“I had no option other than to cover the 8-km distance to my village with the body of my child on foot as I had already spent the money I borrowed for bringing my wife to the hospital,” lamented Manoj Bhuiyan, who hails from Auratand Banjhipokhar village under the Manika police station in Latehar district.

Manoj alleged that they did not get the services of Mamta Vahan for shifting expecting woman to the hospital despite several requests. “Even local Sahiya did not turn up despite repeated calls,” informed Manoj.

The medical officer Dr Raju Kachhap said, “The baby was delivered dead. The mother is still under treatment at the hospital. The family insisted on taking the dead infant to their village at the earliest. They demanded vehicle for the same but the ambulance service cannot be used for transporting corpse as per rule.”

First Published: Aug 08, 2018 15:34:14

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