Sunday, August 28, 2016

Odisha officials harassing man who carried wife’s corpse

Odisha officials harassing man
who carried wife’s corpse

Bhubaneswar: A complaint has been filed against the District Collector and Chief District Medical Officer (CDMO) of Kalahandi for allegedly harassing the tribal man who walked for 10 km with his wife’s body on his shoulders after he was denied a hearse, Odisha TV reported.
Human rights activist Subhash Mohapatra on Sunday, 28th August 2016 filed a complaint with Bhavanipata police station against Kalahandi district collector, CDMO and other public authorities alleging that they abused Dana Maihi and his minor daughter.
Mohapatra alleged that the officers forcibly brought Manjhi to Bhavabuoatba on Friday, 26th August 2016 to record his statement, preventing him from performing the last rites of his wife.
He said the district collector threatened the tribal and asked him whether he had killed his wife.
“It is unfortunate that instead of helping the tribal man, CDMO of Kalahandi shielded his colleagues and tried to whitewash the evidence by abusing and putting blame on the man that he did not contact anybody for a vehicle to take the body from the hospital to his village,” said the complainant.

A tribal man in Kalahandi carried his wife’s body on his shoulders for nearly 12 km as he had no money for a hearse van and the district hospital authorities allegedly refused to arrange one.

His teenaged daughter sobbing by his side, Dana Majhi wrapped his wife Amangadei’s body in old sheets from the bed at the hospital in Bhawanipatna town on Wednesday, 24th August 2016 morning, adjusted her on his shoulders and started walking to his home in Melghar village in Kalahandi’s Thuamul Rampur block, about 60 km away. Local Journlist who saw him later helped him to reach his village. 

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