Eight our bodies – believed to be of these killed by the COVID-19 virus – wrapped in plastic are being tossed into a typical pit for burial in a disturbing video that emerged Tuesday from Karnataka’s Ballari district.
Ballari Deputy Commissioner Collector SS Nakul, who identified the our bodies have been wrapped in plastic – according to authorities tips on disposing of the our bodies of COVID-19 victims – stated the “humanitarian” side was beneath investigation.
“We’re inquiring into this. When you have a look at the video, the physique is packaged correctly. We have to have a look at it (on) humanitarian grounds. That’s the reason this inquiry. We have to create consciousness of this (respectful dealing with of our bodies), it’s true, and motion might be taken,” SS Nakul stated.
The DC additionally stated: “On humanitarian grounds this isn’t accomplished. Particular person cremation have to be accomplished. We’ll conduct an inquiry and take motion”.
In response to information company ANI, the whole area staff concerned in “the disrespectful dealing with of the our bodies” had been disbanded and would get replaced by a brand new specifically educated staff. The district administration additionally issued an unconditional apology to the households of those that died and others damage by the incident.
Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa termed the behaviour of the workers “inhuman and painful” and urged all workers to tread cautiously, and with humanity, in dealing with the our bodies and funerals of these affected by the virus.
The opposition, the Janata Dal Secular, was fast to criticise the ruling BJP, tweeting: “BEWARE! By likelihood, when you or your loved ones members die due to COVID-19, that is how the BJP Govt. in Karnataka throws away your physique with many others right into a single pit!”
“That is the ‘well-planned COVID administration’ that the federal government talks about every single day within the media!” the tweet additionally stated.
By likelihood, when you or your loved ones members die due to COVID-19, that is how the BJP Govt. in Karnataka throws away your physique with many others right into a single pit!
That is the ‘well-planned COVID administration’ that the Govt. talks about on a regular basis within the media! pic.twitter.com/jwIfhrcjN1
— Janata Dal Secular (@JanataDal_S) June 30, 2020
This video of the undignified and insensitive dealing with of the our bodies comes simply three days after a equally disturbing video from Andhra Pradesh confirmed an earthmover getting used to hold the physique of a 72-year-old coronavirus sufferer from the hospital to the crematorium.
Earlier in June one other video emerged – this time from Puducherry – exhibiting 4 males in PPEs hurriedly throwing the physique of a COVID-19 sufferer right into a pit to an indication of approval from a authorities official. Worse nonetheless, the video additionally appeared to indicate the protocols for dealing with the our bodies have been ignored.
As early as March the centre issued tips for the dealing with of the our bodies of COVID-19 victims. Amongst these tips is one that claims: “Place the lifeless physique in leak-proof plastic physique bag. The outside of the physique bag could be decontaminated with a one per cent hypochlorite answer”.
With the households of these killed by the infectious virus usually not allowed to entry the our bodies of their family members or, in some circumstances even unable to carry out final rites in accordance with their beliefs, pictures like those from Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Puducherry, solely add to their ache.
Practically 17,000 folks have been killed by the virus in India, with greater than 2.15 lakh others nonetheless in hospital or COVID care amenities receiving remedy.
With enter from ANI