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Dead bodies to be treated with dignity – orders Odisha government

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download-4Seeking different incidents of a tribal carrying body of the dead in an inappropriate manner, Odisha government has ordered the states health facilities to ensure that the dead are treated with dignity and respect.

The dead body must be treated with all dignity and respect. On no account should a dead body, whether Medico Legal Case (MLC) or non-MLC, unclaimed or not, be allowed to be carried on shoulders, or strung on a pole, or in any manner that compromises the dignity of the dead,” the state’s health department said in a notification issued on Wednesday.

It said the body should be carried on a stretcher/cot as far as possible and it should also be kept appropriately in a designated place till all formalities are over.

While police stations in rural areas would get Rs. 1,500 for transportation of the bodies, Rs.1,000 in case of urban areas and Rs. 2,000 for “unusual cases”.

If a family asks for a hearse, the district collector would give aid from the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund for transportation of the body from government hospital to the destination of the relative within the district.

The collector can sanction a maximum of Rs. 2,000, or as per the guidelines of the state’s Mahaprayan scheme.
The guidelines also pointed that a person with the Death Slip will be allowed to carry the dead body out of the hospital.

The matter should be brought to the notice of medical officer/ staff nurse on duty in the institution. Upon getting such information, the medical officer on duty shall verify all documents and only on being satisfied as to their genuineness, shall allow the body to exit the hospital, said the notification.

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