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Rajasthan man dies, daughter jumps on his pyre, critical

“Damodar Sharda, 73, had passed away earlier in the day due to Covid-19. In the evening, his daughter, Chandrakala, 34, insisted on going for his cremation and the relatives eventually yielded,” said Prem Prakash, SHO, Kotwali police station, Barmer.

Written by Hamza Khan | Jaipur |
Updated: May 6, 2021 4:39:33 am
rajasthan woman jumps into pyreAs a generation, we have lived through riots and recessions, religious places being torn down and others being built, but perhaps nothing will come close to this life-defining moment.(Representative image: Reuters)

Overcome with grief over her father’s death due to Covid, a 34-year-old woman is critical after she jumped on her father’s funeral pyre in Barmer’s Rai Colony on Tuesday, police said.

“Damodar Sharda, 73, had passed away earlier in the day due to Covid-19. In the evening, his daughter, Chandrakala, 34, insisted on going for his cremation and the relatives eventually yielded,” said Prem Prakash, SHO, Kotwali police station, Barmer.

Prakash said that sometime after the pyre was lit around 4 pm, Chandrakala jumped on it, while other relatives rushed to pull her away. Bheru Singh, who is associated with the Shamshaan Ghat Vikas Samiti, said that as Chandrakala threw herself into the pyre, her sister Pinky rushed to save her, but it was too late.

Badri Prasad Sharda, 59, a relative, said that the incident happened during the ‘namaskar’ ritual towards the end. He said that Damodar was differently abled and used to run a petrol pump, which is embroiled in a legal case in the High Court. “Only one of his four daughters was married. The others supported him,” Prasad said.

SHO Prakash said, “She was taken to a hospital in Barmer with over 60 per cent burns. The hospital then referred her to Jodhpur.”

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