Diphu: An impoverished man was forced to carry the body of his dead wife on his back for about 3 km in Diphu town of Assam’s Karbi Anglong district on Monday after the authorities in the hospital, where the women died, allegedly failed to provide a mortuary van to carry the body back to their native place.
The helpless man, identified as Men Bey, a resident of Men Ronghangpi village under Dhansiri MAC constituency of the district, had to carry his deceased wife, Kadom Ronghangpi, on his back after the authorities in hospital, in an inhumane act, allegedly denied to provide a vehicle to carry the body back to their native place.
As per sources, Ronghangpi, who had been suffering from diarrhoea for several days, was admitted to the Diphui Civil Hospital early on Monday morning. She unfortunately breathed her last later in the day.
Immediately after her death, Bey approached the hospital authorities seeking a vehicle to carry his wife’s dead body to his native place, which is just 3 km from Diphu town. But to his utter surprise, his request was allegedly rejected , by the authorities in the district civil hospital.
The heart-wrenching incident came to light only after a local scribe, Vivian Longki Rongpi, spotted the helpless man carrying his wife on back near the Indian Oil petrol depot while passing along the Diphu Manja road around 6 pm.
Upon stopping and approaching him, Rongpi came to know that the poor man was actually carrying his deceased wife on his back after being allegedly denied a vehicle by hospital authorities. Rongpi was further shocked to find out that not a single person, even ambulance passing by the road, was less bothered to know the plight of the poor man.
“When I asked him what had happened to the woman, he replied in a shaky voice that she was his wife who was no more at that moment. Failing to get positive response from the authorities in the civil hospital, he had no other options left but to carry the body of his dead wife of his own,” Rongpi expressed.
He further informed that the poor man was denied help from the authorities in hospital and even from vehicles passing by just because he didn’t have money.
In the meantime, some social organisations, including United Karbi Youth Association (UKYA), who were apprised about the shocking incident by the local scribe, came forward to help the poor man in carrying the dead body to his home.
UKYA president Verlongki Dera and general secretary Anderson Ronghang in an effort to help the victim’s family collected a some amount of money and further booked an auto rickshaw to carry the deceased body to her native village.
Due to the dilapidated road condition, the auto rickshaw was unable to move up to the victim’s residence and the husband had to carry his dead wife on his back for another half a kilometer.
Commenting on the alleged apathy of the hospital authorities, superintendent of Diphu Civil Hospital Dr Nukul Shyam, said that he was not aware of the incident as the victim didn’t approach the officials concerned of the hospital, and hence, led to the miscommunication.
People residing in Men Ronghang village, which is just 3 km from Diphu town, have been facing problems for quite long time as the roads in the locality are in a very poor condition and even authorities are allegedly not paying attention to it. Several people have already lost their lives on their way to hospital due to the alleged poor road condition here.