QUESTIONING THE HANDLING OF BODIES OF PATIENTS DIED OF COVID-19 DELHI HC TAKES SUO MOTO COGNIZANCE

(By – Satyajit Pattanaik)

(Dignified burial is to be considered sacrosanct Human Right)

Without expressing any doubt on the accountability of the news published in the news paper pertaining to the dilapidated condition of the mortuaries of lok Nayak Hospital of Delhi and horrific handling of the bodies of the patients died out of novel Corona disease, the Delhi HC took Suo Moto Cognizance of such unfortunate incident. Considering the same as unfortunate and gross violence of human right, as every human being deserves a decent burial of his corpse,  the division bench ordered to bring the same to the notice of the Chief Justice. 

The bench observed the followings form the news report, namely;

  1. Presently the mortuary room of Lok Nayak Hospital, which is considered to be largest Covid Hospital of Delhi, is having the capacity to accommodate 80 bodies, but the present number of corpse are much more higher than that. As a consequence the rest of the bodies are laid down on the floor and piled on top of each other. 
  2. Due to the dilapidated condition of Nigam Bodh Ghat, as many as eight bodies were returned without having cremated. 
  3. There are corpse of more than 5 days but yet to be cremated. 
  4. Lack of CNG furnaces led to an order for wood based cremation which is admittedly not safe and the personnel employed for the same are reluctant to cremate the same. 
  5. Unrest has been witnessed in Nigam Bodh Ghat as the priests and the concerned staffs have stopped functioning. 

The bench expressed its huge concern and pointed the situation highly dissatisfactory and gross violation of the right of the dead and ordered the Government to take requisite steps to normalise the situation.