In a shocking case of social apathy, a tribal man in Madhya Pradesh’s Neemuch town cremated his wife using garbage after he was turned away from crematorium due to lack of money. The man had also approached the corporator of the area who had refused to oblige him.
“Was turned away from the municipal corporation. They asked me to approach the corporator who is also a tribal, but he too refused to help. Some asked me to throw her in the river, but I decided to collect pieces of wood, polythene and rubber to cremate her,” said Jagdish whose wife died due to illness.
This is not the first case of insensitivity shown by authorities. A tribal man in Kalahandi, recently, carried his wife’s body on his shoulders for nearly 12 km as he had no money for a hearse van and the district hospital authorities allegedly refused to arrange one.
In another example of government apathy, a father carried his ailing son right on his shoulders after a government-run hospital in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh refused to admit him.