Costly cremation, religious beliefs, scarcity of wood-India News , Firstpost

The Ganga flows via the coastal space of ​​Ghazipur in UP, and ‘Chausa Ghat’ in Buxar. So no matter flows via Varanasi reaches the river banks in Ghazipur

Three reasons why bodies are afloat on Ganga: Costly cremation, religious beliefs, scarcity of wood

Ghazipur district officers at Chausa Ghat. Firstpost/Mohammad Sartaj Alam

“Two to 4 our bodies might be seen floating previous the River Ganga’s ‘Chausa Ghat’ each 10 to 15 days,” mentioned Buxar-based social employee Manoj Kumar, “In reality, some rural communities imagine that if individuals don’t marry, they won’t be cremated and that their our bodies will float alongside the Ganga. However the variety of our bodies at Chausa Ghat is larger than regular. I imagine that many of the our bodies at Ghazipur are no less than 5 to 6 days previous.”

The River Ganga flows via the coastal space of ​​Ghazipur in Uttar Pradesh, the aforementioned ‘Chausa Ghat’ and different rural areas of Buxar. So no matter flows via Varanasi reaches the banks of the Ganga in Ghazipur. And downstream, no matter flows from the ghats of the Ganga in Ghazipur reaches Chausa Ghat.

On the situation of anonymity, an area mentioned that folks cremated our bodies at two locations in Chausa block: On the crematorium in Chausa city and at Chausa Ghat. However the villagers of surrounding rural areas in a 35-kilometre radius want to hold their useless to the Ganga. There are two principal causes for this: Spiritual religion and poverty. As with the remainder of the nation throughout these instances, the toll has additionally elevated within the Chausa block of Buxar.

Three reasons why bodies are afloat on Ganga Costly cremation religious beliefs scarcity of wood

Our bodies retrieved from the Ganga had been buried on the banks of the river. Firstpost/Mohammad Sartaj Alam

“On regular days, two or three our bodies used to reach at Chausa’s crematorium each day. However the quantity has ballooned to nearly 60 throughout this present interval; now that the variety of useless within the city has elevated, the quantity within the rural areas is sure to extend too. And so many extra our bodies are arriving at Chausa Ghat,” he added. Citing an absence of COVID-awareness, he mentioned that folks hardly ever get a checkup when they’re unwell and so, succumb to a shortness of breath after 15 days or so. “Yesterday, villagers introduced a physique from Rajpur block (15 kilometres away) to Chausa Ghat. They needed to push it into the Ganga, however the sub-divisional Justice of the Peace (SDM) was current on the scene. He stopped the villagers and paid for the cremation and ensured it was carried out in entrance of him.”

He added, “At current, the extent of water within the Ganga is low, and so our bodies are positioned on the banks of the rivers. Generally, wild animals desecrate the our bodies. Yesterday, the district administrator eliminated round 71 our bodies from the neighborhood of Chausa Ghat. DNA samples had been taken and the our bodies had been buried.”

Corroborating this account, KK Upadhyay, SDM for Buxar, mentioned, “Look, these 71 our bodies weren’t discovered collectively at one place. These our bodies had been discovered far aside on the banks of the Ganga. These our bodies are additionally 5 to 6 days previous. These our bodies have come from villages like Gahmar in Ghazipur, the place it’s a custom to hold the our bodies into the Ganga. The our bodies had been so decomposed that after sampling their DNA, we buried them on the ghat itself. Yesterday, some villagers introduced a physique for funeral, which we cremated.”

Three reasons why bodies are afloat on Ganga Costly cremation religious beliefs scarcity of wood

Pyres burning at Chausa Ghat. Firstpost/Mohammad Sartaj Alam

The previous head of the Gahmar village mentioned that 25 our bodies that had been carried by the Ganga from Varanasi to Ganga Ghat within the village, and had been discovered on the banks. “Yesterday, authorities officers of our space additionally got here and strictly informed our villagers to not push our bodies into the river. After experiencing a fever, cough and chilly, individuals in our village succumbed to respiration issues,” he mentioned, including, “The variety of such deaths is round 12 per day.”

Three reasons why bodies are afloat on Ganga Costly cremation religious beliefs scarcity of wood

Of this, almost a 3rd stream into the Ganga and have drifted alongside in the direction of Buxar. The prohibitively costly price of finishing up a cremation drives locals to push their useless into the river. The previous village head added, “It isn’t simply our village. That is seen in nearly all of the villages located alongside the banks of the Ganges. Folks of villages like Birpur, Zamania, Bara and many others push their useless into the river.”

Birpur’s JP Rai mentioned, “A few of the corpses in Chausa belong to locals, however additionally they simply float away from our space. Simply yesterday, we pushed the physique of certainly one of our kin into the Ganga. For the previous 15 days this has been a standard incidence in Birpur village. The scarcity of wooden is without doubt one of the causes we push our bodies into the Ganga. Since it is the summer time and the velocity of the Ganga is not very excessive, our bodies stream in the direction of the shore as an alternative of washing down river.”

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