Chandbali: At a time when family members are refusing to touch bodies of Covid-19 victims due to social stigma or fear attached to the pandemic, a Tehsildar and a BDO in Chandbali set a humanitarian precedent for the rest to follow.
According to reports, a 50-year-old man in Nalagohira village under Chandbali block in Bhadrak district passed away on Sunday while he was in home quarantine after recovering from Covid-19. However, family members including his son and neighbours refused to go near the dead body.
After getting information about the incident, Chandbali Tehsildar Sushant Sutar and the local BDO rushed to the village to find out the details. They sought help from the villagers to cremate the body, but didn’t get any cooperation.
Left with no other options, the Tehsildar and the BDO decided to remove the body and cremate it by themselves. They donned PPE kits and carried the body to the ambulance and performed the last rites in the nearby burial ground.
Both the officials have earned high praise for lending their shoulders to the Covid-19 victim during this difficult time.
“Nobody in the village came forward to help us cremate the dead body. We had no options other than to carry the body of the deceased to the ambulance and perform the last rites with all precautions in place,” said Sutar.
(Edited by Pradeep Singh)