The last journey of an unidentified young woman to the cremation grounds at Damoh was carried out in such a way that hardly a human being will approve of.
A woman’s body was recovered by the Damoh police from a roadside at Rehli-Jhapan on Wednesday midnight. When no one came to claim the body, kept at the Damoh district hospital morgue, the authorities decided to conduct an autopsy on it on Friday.
After the autopsy, the body was taken to Jatashankar cremation/burial ground in a tractor trolley used to transport municipal corporation garbage. It was buried later in the evening.
If the apathy was not enough, the civic authorities and the district hospital, instead of expressing regret over the matter, blamed each other for the act.
“We provided whatever vehicle was available, though I learnt about it later. Our new hearse is undergoing repair at Chhatarpur and it will reach us soon. The hospital authorities could have provided ambulance,” said Malti Asati, chairperson, Damoh Municipal Corporation.
Damoh district hospital civil surgeon Dr BR Agarwal said, “It is the responsibility of the civic authorities to provide hearse. Ambulance is meant for serious patients. If we had provided it once, they would demand it every time. The Nagar Palika is blaming us for hiding its mistake.”
Earlier, such incidents were witnessed at Tikamgarh and Harpalpur (Chatarpur) in Bundelkhand.