After blast, victims’ kin deal with govt apathy

Even in their moment of grief they were not spared the harassment one faces in government hospitals.

delhi Updated: Sep 09, 2011 00:31 IST

Relatives who had come to claim the bodies of blast victims at Lady Hardinge Medical College were made to run around to look for a hearse and a shroud to cover the dead.

The victims had not died in an accident or due to an illness. They died because the security agencies and the government failed to do its job.

Despite all this, no one was ready to take responsibility and make sure the 13 people who died got a dignified exit.

“Arranging 13 vans is not a big deal for the government. Most would have paid for it readily. The disturbing thing is that no one in the hospital is ready to tell you where to get a hearse. We can't hire a normal taxi and take away the dead, can we?” said Manjeet Singh, a relative of Amanpreet Jolly (21), who also died in the blasts.

But that was not all. Pramod Chaurasia's family too had a harrowing experience.

The family, who got to know about his death only at 7am on Thursday, lost patience when they saw his body being bundled into a van along with two other bodies at the RML mortuary.

Chaurasia's body was being sent to Lady Harding Medical College for post-mortem.

“How can they put three bodies in a van? They don't even know how to treat the dead. Human life doesn't mean anything to these people. For them it's just a case,” said Vinod Thakur, a close of friend of Chaurasia.

But the hospital authorities refused to accept any responsibility. “We do not directly interact with the families. The request for post-mortem comes to us from the police, and after the procedure is complete, we hand over the body to the police,” said a senior doctor at the Lady Hardinge Medical College.

“It is the small things that matter when it comes to cases like this. Hospital authorities were well aware that families would arrive in the morning. Yet there is no arrangement for them. There is no waiting room outside the mortuary. No one has come to ask them if they need anything and on top of that, the ruthless authorities are making them run around for even basic necessities,” said Kirpal Singh, who brought water and food for victims’ families from Bangla Sahib Gurudwara.

First Published: Sep 09, 2011 00:29 IST