Odisha's Boudh: Man carries sister-in-law's body on bicycle to funeral ground
A man had to carry the body of his sister-in-law on a bicycle for her funeral in Odisha's Boudh district as reportedly no one came forward to help him.
They said Banka's wife and sister-in-law were admitted
to a hospital in Boudh as they were down with severe diarrhoea.
As his sister-in-law died yesterday, her body was taken to the village in an ambulance as per the state government's 'Mahaprayana scheme' which provides free hearse service from hospital to home only, they said.
It was alleged that no villager came forward to help Banka arrange for the woman's last rites after the body
reached the village, as he faced an "undeclared ostracisation" for marrying a second time to a woman of different caste. The
officials, however, dismissed the charges.
Some villagers claimed that Banka, a farm labourer, had snapped ties with his family members because of a property
dispute. He failed to get cooperation from villagers due to
some petty issues, they claimed.
Though some locals took photographs of the incident and circulated them through mobile phones, nobody volunteered to help Banka, who also claimed that he was "ostracised" in the village.
However, local village ward member Kailash Pradhan
claimed that he along with some others had gone to Banka's
Block Development Officer (BDO) of Boudh, Nihar Ranjan Kanhar said the administration had no information of Banka having been ostracised in the village.
A sum of Rs 10,000 has been given to Banka from the
Red Cross for the treatment of his wife, he said.
Sarpanch of Brahmanipali panchayat, Sushma Bagh said
an amount of Rs 2,000 has been provided to the man for the
cremation of his sister-in-law under 'Harischandra scheme'.
The incident drew sharp reaction from opposition BJP
While the BJD government made tall claims about
development and progress, the state was "witnessing evil
practice of ostracisation," Panda claimed.
tribal man Dana Majhi, who walked 10 km carrying his wife's
body on shoulder from a hospital to his village in Kalahandi
district three years ago after being unable to get a hearse,
the BJP leader said.
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