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Odisha: Hospital staff breaks woman’s dead body to carry it easily

A shocking incident happened in Odisha where a hospital staff broke the bones of an woman’s dead body to stuff it into a plastic bag before it is carried out of the hospital.

This comes in just a day after the nation was shocked with visuals from Kalahandi where a man carried the dead body of his wife for 10 km over his shoulder.

Salamani Behera, an 80-year-old widow, died after she was run over by a goods train near Soro railway station, in Balasore district, early Wednesday morning. Her body was taken to the Soro Community Health Centre (CHC). The body had to be taken to the Balasore district hospital for post-mortem, but no ambulance was available.

Although the Government Railway Police (GRP) was informed, its personnel reached the hospital only in the evening, almost 12 hours later. The delay led to rigor mortis, making it difficult for the workers to tie the body. So they broke the body at the hip, wrapped it in an old sheet, tied it to a bamboo pole, and carried it to the railway station, which is about 2 km away.The body was then taken to Balasore by train.

Behara’s son, Rabindra Barik, said he was shocked when he heard about the way his mother’s body was treated. “They could have been a little more human. I initially thought of filing a case against the policemen. But who would act on our complaint,” he said.

Odisha Human Rights Commission chairperson B K Mishra on Thursday issued notice to the Inspector General, GRP, and Balasore District Collector, asking them to order a probe into the incident and submit a report within four weeks.

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