Tribal man walks 10 km with wife body

Bhubaneshwar: In a shocking incident a tribal man takes his wife’s body to home on his shoulder after hospital authorities have refused him a mortuary van or an ambulance in Odisha’s Bhawanipatna district.

According to reports, Dana Majhi walked 10 km along with his 12-years-old daughter carrying his wife’s body on his shoulder, after he failed to obtain a mortuary van or an ambulance from the hospital authorities.

His wife Amang Deis died of tuberculosis at the district headquarters hospital at Bhawanipatna on Wednesday.

Majhi said he wrapped the body of his wife in a length of cloth and carried it on his shoulders as he could not get an ambulance.

Majhi told media persons, “The hospital authorities said that there are no vehicles. I pleaded with them saying I am a poor person and cannot afford a vehicle to carry my wife’s body. Despite repeated requests, they said they cannot offer me any help.”

He walked to his village which is about 60 km from Bhawanipatna in Rampur block.

When some local reporters spotted Dana, he had already covered 10 km on his way from the hospital to his home. Majhi’s daughter accompanied him.

The local reporters arranged an ambulance for carrying the body to his home.

The Biju Janata Dal government had launched the Mahaparayana scheme in February this year to facilitate transporting dead bodies from government hospitals and government-affiliated hospitals to the poor people.

The Kalahandi district administration of Odisha on Thursday ordered an inquiry into the incident.