In a disheartening incident from Bhopal’s Sagar, a man had to carry his brother-in-law’s dead body on a handcart to home.
On Saturday, when the temperature hit 42 degree Celsius, the sight of a weeping man pulling a handcart on a busy street of Sagar, with something wrapped in a blanket lying on it, made people curious. As the buzz grew two women came closer to find out. Needless to say, they were shocked to see that it was a dead body that the man was carrying for 6 kilometers to home.
The man, identified as 40-year-old Suresh Ahirwar, a wage worker was carrying his brother-in-law Prakash’s body, a resident of Bhagat Singh ward, who was hospitalized on Friday and died in early hours of Saturday.
As reported by the local media, it was not possible for Ahirwar to pay for an auto as it would have charged him Rs 500 to Rs 1,000 and he did not have that sum of money with him. Ahirwar also said that he had approached a cop but he was not sure enough whether he would get a hearse or not. So, Ahirwar decided to carry his brother-in-law’s body on a handcart.
Girish Patel, the dean of the medical college, where Prakash was admitted, said to the TOI, “An unknown man who was admitted in the hospital had died last night. The superintendent was present in the hospital premises till 2 pm but there was no request for a hearse. We have Red Cross hearse to carry bodies.”
Avinash Rawat additional district magistrate of Sagar said in his statement to TOI, “A probe has been ordered to find out under what circumstances the poor man had to carry the dead body on handcart.”
It’s disheartening to see that even after death the discrimination between rich and poor doesn’t end. A man carrying one of his dead family member on a handcart to home just because he doesn’t have money to afford a suitable transport is a sight at which the so-called civilised society should be ashamed of. Also, the question arises on hospital authority’s laid-back attitude.