No respect even in death: Dalit HIV victim cremated in front of house in Odisha
A Dalit man who succumbed to HIV virus had to be cremated in front of his home in a village in Odisha after locals refused to allow the last rites at the public cremation ground.india Updated: Oct 15, 2016 14:59 IST
A Dalit man who succumbed to HIV virus had to be cremated in front of his home in a village in Odisha after locals refused to allow the last rites at the public cremation ground.
The deceased, 35-year-old Prakash Jena (name changed), was working in Mumbai where he reportedly contracted HIV. As his health deteriorated, he returned to his native village Tentei in Soro block of Balasore district. He was admitted to SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack where he died on Friday.
The discrimination against the dead HIV patient came days after the union government approved amendments to theHIV and AIDS (Prevention and Control) Bill, 2014 which safeguardsthe rights of people living with and affected by the HIV virus.
As the family members of the HIV victim were planning to take the body the public cremation ground at Hansianipada, villagers insisted that the family should not go to the crematorium.
“We tried reasoning with the villagers, but could not make them understand. They were adamant over not allowing an HIV victim to be cremated,” Soro police station inspector Kartik Mallick.
With villagers refusing to budge, the family members had to light the funeral pyre in front of their house.
The wife of the deceased is also HIV positive and one of their kids had reportedly died of same causes.