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South Carolina Petition Seeks Direction for Removal of Bodies Found Floating in the Ganges River | India News

NEW DELHI: A petition has been filed in the Supreme Court seeking directions to the Center and four states, including Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, to take immediate action to remove the bodies found floating in the Ganges River amid the wave in course of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The petition, which concerned reports of bodies found floating in the Ganges River in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, urged the supreme court to issue guidelines or formulate a standard operating procedure (SOP) for the proper and dignified cremation or burial of the bodies. of coronavirus victims as per rituals.
The statement, filed by the Indian Youth Lawyers Association, sought instructions for the chief clerks and district magistrates to ensure that no corpse was allowed to be thrown into any river on any land and to take severe action against the culprits. .
“It is the duty of the state to protect the rights of the deceased, which also includes the right to a decent burial / cremation,” said the statement, filed through attorney Manju Jetley.
He said that the Ganges originates from Uttarakhand and flows into Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and West Bengal and that the floating of corpses in the river would cause environmental hazards and also violates the guidelines of the National Mission for a Clean Ganges.
The allegation said that authorities should be ordered to take appropriate measures to ensure the removal of bodies from the Ganges and other rivers.
He said authorities involved were ordered to establish a 24/7 toll-free helpline number in each district so that the deceased can be taken to crematoriums at the request of family members.
The petition has also sought instructions for the Center and others to adhere to last month’s recommendations from the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on issues, including the handling of dead bodies.
He also referred to previous judgments handed down by the higher court that had said that the dignity of the deceased person must be preserved and respected.
“In both natural and unnatural deaths, that is, suicide, accident, homicide, etc., it is the state that has the duty to protect the rights of the deceased and prevent crime on corpses,” he said.
The allegation alleged that “public authorities have not made concentric efforts to educate the masses and control the immersion of half-burned or unburned corpses in the Ganges River.”



Times of India

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