They broke the body, bundled in bag and carried. Is Odisha no place for the dead?

They broke the body, bundled in bag and carried. Is Odisha no place for the dead?

Submitted by alvin on Fri, 2016-08-26 13:25 Balasore (Odisha): A day after a government hospital in Kalahandi allegedly refused to provide an ambulance to a poor man to carry his dead wife, another government-run hospital at Balasore district outdid the former in a worst possible way. A video showing a worker breaking a dead body so as to be able to bundle it in a sack and carry it on a bamboo stick – as the Soro government hospital didn’t had facilities to conduct post mortem – shows yet another dismal administration in Odisha. Watch Video: Courtesy: IndiaTV The body of Salamani Barik, a 76-year-old widow, lay for hours at a community health centre in Soro town in Balasore district after she was run over by a train on Wednesday. As there were no post mortem facilities at Soro, the body had to be taken to the city, 30 km away. With no ambulance available, the railway police, it is learnt, decided to take the body in train. They tried hiring auto rickshaws but it proved too expensive. Following this, the police allegedly asked a sweeper to arrange for the body to be taken to the station. But by then, Barik's body had become stiff. Apparently, to make it easier to carry the body, the workers broke it at the hip and bundled it up before taking it to the railway station about two km away. "They carried my mother in a broken condition. I am helpless to do anything. I pray to the authorities for justice," said Barik’s son Rabindra Barik. The two workers stuffed the broken body in a large plastic bag and slung it to a bamboo stick before carrying it.