Relatives of a Dalit man who reportedly died of AIDS had to cremate him in front of their home after villagers refused to let them use the public cremation ground. The man died in SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack on Friday.
His family said the body was taken to a cremation ground at Tentei village in Balasore. But villagers said the disease would spread if he is cremated there. Additional tehsildar Satrughna Sethy said, “We tried reasoning with the villagers, but to no avail.”