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 had been wrapped in plastic – consistent with authorities pointers on disposing of the our bodies of COVID-19 victims – stated the “humanitarian” side was below investigation.
“We are inquiring into this. If you look at the video, the body is packaged properly. We need to look at it (on) humanitarian grounds. That is why this inquiry. We need to create awareness of this (respectful handling of bodies), it is true, and action will be taken,” SS Nakul stated.
The DC additionally stated: “On humanitarian grounds this is not done. Individual cremation must be done. We will conduct an inquiry and take action”.
In response to information company ANI, all the subject staff concerned in “the disrespectful handling of the bodies” had been disbanded and would get replaced by a brand new specifically skilled 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 chance, if you or your family members die because of COVID-19, this is how the BJP Govt. in Karnataka throws away your body with many others into a single pit!”
“This is the ‘well-planned COVID management’ that the government talks about every day in the media!” the tweet additionally stated.
By likelihood, should 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 – displaying 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 point out the protocols for dealing with the our bodies had been ignored.
As early as March the centre issued pointers for the dealing with of the our bodies of COVID-19 victims. Amongst these pointers is one that claims: “Place the dead body in leak-proof plastic body bag. The exterior of the body bag can be decontaminated with a one per cent hypochlorite solution”.
With the households of these killed by the infectious virus typically 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, photographs 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 therapy.
With enter from ANI