A family belonging to the Jain community in Jabalpur said on Thursday that they would donate their bodies after death to a medical college for studies.
The family chose the occasion of a family gathering to mark the death of an elder member, Vimla Jain (68), to announce their decision at the Jain pilgrimage centre Shri Pisanhari Madiya Teerth here.
Vimla Jain, who passed away on November 24, had wished that her body be donated to the Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Medical College in Jabalpur, said her son, Umesh Jain, who is a social worker and owns a grocery shop in the Garha neighbourhood of the city.
Twenty-one members of the family, including those above 18 years of age, have declared to donate their bodies after death for medical studies, he said.
“It was a pious occasion for the family to make the announcement to voluntarily donate their bodies,” Umesh Jain said.
“I had invited the dean and doctors of the medical college to the condolence meeting to explain to the community members about the importance of voluntarily donating one’s body after death for medical studies,” he further said.
Umesh Jain’s brothers, Rakesh and Dinesh said that donating a body after death was similar to people donating blood, kidneys or other organs.
The medical college has seven dead bodies preserved for studies, anatomy department head Dr SK Shrivastava told Hindustan Times.
“According to the Medical Council of India norms, a medical college must have 20 dead bodies for every 150 students and we are short of 13 dead bodies,” he said.
Those willing to donate their bodies after death can register their names with the medical college, said Shrivastava, who was present at the condolence meeting.