December 1st, 2016
It is a sad reality that many people have to deal with especially when you are coping with a loss of loved one and some uncontrollable sources make it more difficult to go through the situation.
The family members of a 62-year-old woman who died due to stomach cancer could not cremate her as they did not have any money to perform the last rites. The family members of the dead woman, Phoolmati Devi had gone to the bank to withdraw money on Monday.
The bank didn’t give them money as they did not have any more currency notes to disburse. Phoolmati’s husband 65-year-old Munni Lal, a daily wage worker sat outside the bank next to his wife’s body under a plastic tent in Noida on Tuesday.
Speaking to The Indian Express, Lal said that his wife was diagnosed with stomach cancer a few months ago. Early in the morning on Monday; he took her to Dharamshila hospital which referred them to another private hospital. Phoolamti passed away at 2 PM. He had to pay Rs 700 in cash for food, medicine and syringes. When he returned to his home in Sector 9 in the evening, he found that he had no money to pay for his wife’s last rites. He went to the branch of Bank of India in Sector 9, where his son has an account. His sons took a train from Gonda, UP to meet him. He stood at the bank for hours, but the managers told him that they had no money.
Even on Tuesday, Lal’s neighbour approached the bank, and they were told that they would receive the money at the bank in a while. After few hours, they went again, and the bank officials told them that they did not have cash. Eventually, he had to protest with her body outside the bank.
On being informed about this incident, the police reached the spot, and the sub-inspector in charge Dilip Singh Bisht of the Jhundpura police gave him Rs 2,000 for the cremation. A local politician also reached there after he came to know about the news and offered Rs 10,000 to the family. Even then, Munni Lal persisted that he wanted to withdraw the money, as reported by The Times of India.
Munni Lal said that his wife would not want him to use borrowed money for her cremation. The district administration gave the money to the bank, after which he withdrew Rs 15,000 from his son’s account, as reported by The Indian Express.
The last rites took place early in the morning on Wednesday.