Throwing bodies of corona victims into rivers in India

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The government of Uttar Pradesh in northern India says that the bodies of Corona virus victims have been found dumped in some Indian rivers, and it is likely that poverty is the reason for this.

  • Corona victims dumped in rivers in India (Reuters)
    Corona victims dumped in rivers in India (Reuters)

The government of the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh said that the bodies of Corona virus victims had been found dumped in some Indian rivers.

She added that this may be due to poverty and fear of disease in villages.

The images of bodies swept away by the stream in the sacred Ganges River shocked the Hindus, a people suffering under the burden of the worst increase in the number of Corona virus infections in the world.

Although the media has linked the recent increase in the numbers of these bodies to the pandemic, the state of Uttar Pradesh, which has a population of 240 million, has yet to publicly disclose the cause of the deaths.

“The administration has information that the bodies of those who died as a result of Covid-19 or any other disease were dumped into rivers instead of disposing of them according to appropriate rituals, and as a result, bodies were recovered from rivers in many areas,” said Manoj Kumar Singh, a senior state official.

Singh said that among the possible reasons for disposing of corpses in rivers is the lack of funds to buy materials such as firewood to burn bodies and religious beliefs in some communities, and families dispose of victims for fear of the virus.

He asked village officials to ensure that bodies were not dumped in the rivers, and said that the state government would pay five thousand rupees ($ 68) to poor families to burn or bury the bodies of the dead.

The state also required police to patrol rivers to stop this process.

On Saturday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged officials to take rural health care resources and step up follow-up as the virus spreads rapidly in those areas after sweeping cities.

As of Sunday, health authorities in India have registered 24,684,077 Corona infection, And 270,319 deaths.





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