On being unable to receive a vehicle for carrying the dead body for postmortem, the family of the deceased had to carry it on their shoulders for 30 km, as reported by Nayi Duniya.
The incident took place in Banshipur village of Sonhat tehsil in Chhatisgarh. The dead body had almost decomposed by the time it was found by the villagers – only the skeleton remained. However, the dead body could be identified by the family from the clothes that were left on it.
The deceased was a 26-year-old by the name of Gaya Nath. Gaya Nath’s family told the police that he was mentally deranged and that there had been previous instances of him leaving the house for prolonged periods of time. The family is suspecting that he had committed suicide.
On Tuesday morning, four men had gone for cattle rearing in the jungle when they spotted a dead body hanging from the trees. The men first took this news to the headman of Banshipur village. The Sarpanch, in turn, informed the police.
The police did not reach the village on Tuesday and the dead body kept hanging from the tree till the next day. On Wednesday morning, when the police reached, the corpse was brought down from the tree, but it was only at late evening that the family was handed over the dead body after the post-mortem.
However, the police washed off their hands from the entire issue by asking the village sarpanch to arrange for a vehicle for the corpse to be taken for post-mortem to the Sonhat village. The village sarpanch did not carry out the responsibility, in spite of making a promise that he would arrange for a vehicle.
The Logical Indian tried but could not get in touch with the police officers at Sonhat for their comment on the incident.
The Logical Indian community condemns the entire episode, especially the evident lack of empathy in the concerned authorities. Instead of supporting the family in times of bereavement, both the village sarpanch and the police had chosen to shirk off their responsibilities, which should not have been the approach. This is also not the first case of negligence from the authorities that has come to notice – a recent case took place in Odisha where a father carried the corpse of his daughter on the cart on being denied an ambulance.