Mrunal Manmay Dash

There could not be a better way to pay homage to a dead person than fulfilling his/her mortal wish.

A 56-year-old woman from Ainri village in Odisha’s Balasore district seems to have shown the way.

Sushama Padhi from Soro Block of the district formed a charitable trust in the name of his deceased son Diptikanta and donated all her property to the trust for the benefit of the poor on his second death anniversary on Wednesday.

If that wasn’t enough, Sushama also donated her body to the Anatomy department of SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack for study and research purposes, exactly what Diptikant wished to do after his death when he was alive.

As per reports, Sushama lost Diptikanta (27) to a road mishap exactly two years back this day. Diptikanta was a social worker and helped the poor and the needy by whatever ways he could afford. Be it flood or cyclone, Balasore district is always at the receiving end of natural disasters and Diptikanta was always at the forefront of the relief operations with the ODRAF or NDRF, said Sushama.

A staunch devotee of Lord Jagannath, Diptikanta never had any temptation or greed for materialistic possessions. Speaking about his son, the bereaved mother said, “My son used to tell me that we did not have anything in this world apart from the Supreme Lord of the Universe. He guides us to the right path.”

Bikram Nayak, a local social worker and friend of Diptikanta, said, “Usually children try to fulfil the dreams of their parents. But it was the other way around in this case. Here is a mother who has stepped forward to fulfil his son’s dreams and it is highly commendable.”

Manoranjan Mohapatra, Sushama’s brother, said, “I am proud of my sister. She has made us all proud.”

Sushama’s husband had abandoned her years ago and Diptikanta was her only possession.