He walked 10 km with his wife’s body on his shoulder

Bhuvaneswar:  A shocking image, that reflects the apathy of the administration towards the poor in the country.

Dana Majhi is from Kalahandi district of Odisha. It is one of the poorest districts in the country. His 42- year- old wife Amang Dei died of tuberculosis at a government hospital in Kalahandi, about 60 km from his village. He had no vehicle to take home his wife’s body. He pleaded for a vehicle, but was refused one.

He wrapped his wife’s body in a sheet, lifted it on his shoulder and began to walk home. His daughter walked by his side, holding their meagre belongings, weeping.

“I have requested the hospital authorities to help secure a vehicle, but they said they could not,” Mr Majhi said to a television crew that found him after he had walked about 10 km with the body.

The TV crew called up a senior officer and arranged an ambulance for the remaining journey to Mr Majhi’s village.

Kalahandi’s District Collector Brunda D reeled out different version.  She alleged that Mr Majhi left the hospital without informing anyone. “If he had asked, we would have provided help,” she said adding that the administration has now offered him help with the funeral under a government scheme.

Odisha had recently launched the “Mahaparayana” scheme, offering to transport bodies from government hospitals free of cost, but that was not available to Mr Majhi.

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