Nitesh Kumar Sahoo

In a shocking incident, the body of a six-year-old girl was taken to her home on a motorcycle by her father from the district headquarters hospital in Kendrapara on Tuesday as he was not provided with a hearse.

As per reports, Baishali, daughter of Sunakar Kandi, of Chhachina village under Derabis police limits was bitten by a poisonous snake on Tuesday. She was rushed to the district hospital for treatment by her family members. But, the doctor declared her dead. 

After the post-mortem, instead of taking the body in a Mahaprayan vehicle (hearse van), Baishali's father and her uncle carried her body on a two-wheeler to their house. Under Mahaprayan scheme, the State government provides transportation facilities to carry bodies from government hospitals to their homes free of cost.

As the body was wrapped in a black polythene, suspicious passersby intercepted the motorcycle midway following which the matter came to light. 

As informed by the father of the deceased, he was asked by the hospital staff after the post-mortem to take the body home without any detailed information for which he opted to carry the body in the two-wheeler.

However, it still remains unknown, under which circumstances he preferred carrying the body in such a way. 

The hospital authorities are yet to respond on the matter. Such cases are dime a dozen in the state as hospital authorities show scant regard to extend basic human treatment to bodies.