Tribune Information Service
New Delhi, Could 15
Exposing the vulnerability of rural inhabitants to Covid-19, rain earlier this week in central and jap components of Uttar Pradesh led to horror amongst lots because it uncovered mass shallow graves alongside the Ganga in several districts of the state.
Taking a critical observe of the event, the Union Ministry of House Affairs (MHA) has suggested Uttar Pradesh and Bihar (the 2 most populous states) to instantly test the pattern of burying our bodies alongside the banks of the river because it may result in additional unfold of an infection.
Earlier, Bihar’s Buxar authorities had fished out 71 our bodies of suspected Covid-19 victims from the Ganga, claiming these had come from the neighbouring jap UP. Days later, a number of media studies urged that hundreds of our bodies had been discovered within the shallow graves in varied UP districts. The studies claimed that the corpses had been rapidly buried alongside the banks of the Ganga in a number of districts, together with Kanpur, Unnao, Ghazipur, Kannauj, Ballia and Ghazipur.
Noting that the visuals of the spots had been “disturbing”, a senior official of the UP Authorities mentioned the state administration had taken a lot of steps to arrest the pattern.
“These embrace giving Rs 5,000 to the subsequent of the kin of the deceased individuals, enhancing patrolling alongside the river by groups of the SDRF and PAC’s water police and sensitising panchayat leaders to make sure that individuals don’t abandon the our bodies,” he mentioned.
Brijmohan Mishra, a social employee and activist, instructed The Tribune that the primary motive for relations abandoning our bodies of Covid victims was largely because of the extremely contagious nature of the virus. “Folks worry getting contaminated in order that they don’t contact the our bodies. For the reason that variety of deaths is so excessive, the state assist system seems to have collapsed fully,” he mentioned.
Mishra mentioned when he talked to relations of a number of the victims, they instructed him that they both didn’t have sufficient monetary sources or felt stigmatised to supply respectful cremation to the lifeless.
Sources within the MHA mentioned the pattern of dumping our bodies was being observed largely in 4 UP districts — Kanpur, Ghazipur, Unnao and Balia. Our bodies had been additionally going additional downstream to Bihar from these districts. Each states have been requested to take speedy corrective steps, they added.