Denied mortuary van, man carries wife’s body on motorcycle in Bihar’s Purnia

Sah failed to get any help from hospital authorities despite all his efforts and, therefore, he and his 32-year-old son were forced to carry Susheela's body on a motorcycle to transport it to their village home. 

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: June 5, 2017 12:24 am
medical apathy, man carries wife's dead body, bihar, purnia, bihar medical negligence, lack of ambulance, mortuary van, Purnia incident, Bihar news, indian express Shankar Sah and his 32-year-old son were forced to carry Susheela’s body on a motorcycle to transport it to their village home. (Source: ANI)

In yet another case of medical apathy, a man was forced to carry his wife’s body on a motorcycle to reach his home for her last rites after being allegedly denied a mortuary van at a government hospital in Bihar’s Purnia district, news agency ANI reported. 60-year-old Shankar Sah, a resident of Ranibari village, was forced to proceed this way as he was unable to afford a private ambulance.

“After the death of my wife I was told to take away the body and when I requested the medical staff on duty for a vehicle to carry it back to my village, they told me to arrange for it on my own,” said Sah, whose 50-year-old wife Susheela Devi died of illness at the Purnia Sadar Hospital on Friday.

Sah failed to get any help from hospital authorities despite all his efforts and, therefore, he and his 32-year-old son were forced to place Susheela’s body on a motorcycle to transport it to their village home. Both father and son work as wage labourers in Punjab.

“I approached the driver of an ambulance, who demanded Rs. 1,500 which I could not afford,” Sah said, pointing his helplessness. Susheela, who was suffering from a heart disease as well as Tuberculosis, was admitted to hospital after falling sick.

Reacting on the incident, Purnia civil surgeon MM Wasim said, “It is a very unfortunate incident but no mortuary van is available at the Sadar Hospital, at present, as the one it had is not functional. So, everyone has to arrange one on his own.” Meanwhile, District Magistrate Pankaj Kumar Pal said he had already ordered a probe into the matter.

The latest incident comes just a day after footage of a destitute woman’s body being carried in a garbage cart to hospital in Muzaffarpur for post-mortem examination, triggered an outrage and prompted the district authorities to launch an inquiry.

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    Ramesh Kumar
    Jun 6, 2017 at 6:22 am
    What will be the fate of Intermediate Bihar council 2017 Result where examinee force to pay Rs. 120.00 each subject for scruitiny due to examiner and education Dept's fault. Why they will pay due to non posting of marks and left the answer book without examin Requesting Re-Examin the entire Answer Books within 15 days and take action against the accused
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      Joe
      Jun 5, 2017 at 8:55 am
      Really can this be happening? I thought that Modiji brought back so much black money and deposited it in all Indians bank accounts and people were living in such excess luxury that we can now afford to worry about cow rights, cow UIDs and cow ambulances.
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        t d
        Jun 5, 2017 at 6:07 am
        This is yet another case of inhumanness of those authorities. Though the Governments all over the country provide ambulances/vans to carry the dead, the staff provided to carry out their duties fail and force the poor people to cough up money. If they do not have money, this is how the staff behaves by some excuses like van is not working, take some private vehicles or staff is on leave etc etc. Such errant personnel are to be dealt with seriously.
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          Rakesh Chaubey
          Jun 5, 2017 at 3:00 am
          Humanity is dead in Bihar. For three decades politicians like Laloo, Abdul Ghafoor, Jagganath Mishara and Karpoori Thakur like p ered every ins ution inside Bihar. Biharis who would have run Bihar have left the state in droves rather than stay back and accept the angootha chaap kids of laloo as their ministers. Bihar is a doomed state. I hate saying this as a Bihari, but that is the sad truth.
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            Joe
            Jun 5, 2017 at 8:41 am
            Rakesh Chaubey> These kind of incidents have been reported in many states, don't pretend like it is only Bihar.
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            Kulmohan Singh
            Jun 5, 2017 at 2:33 am
            But the government will not allow TATA Nano as an auto-rickshaw
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              indian
              Jun 5, 2017 at 1:41 am
              Great job Lalu Niteesh
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                Truth
                Jun 4, 2017 at 10:54 pm
                Throw all the politicians out of power and let the armed forces rule our country with discipline and equality..........The poor will remain poor and helpless while the crooks (mainly politicians and corporates ) will get richer by the day after looting the common man !
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                  bitterhoney
                  Jun 4, 2017 at 11:18 pm
                  Very true sir. I 100 agree with you, but vegetarian Indian army taking control is impossible.
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                  ashok
                  Jun 4, 2017 at 10:48 pm
                  ISLAM!C EXPRESS, THE GREAT SUPPORTER OF !S!S, DOES NOT HAVE NEWS ON LONDON TERROR ATTACK.
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                    Joe
                    Jun 5, 2017 at 9:00 am
                    There are articles on the London terror attack maybe you need burnol so that you can calmly find those articles. Haha
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