In the recent case of Vineet Ruia v. Principal Secretary, Ministry Of Health & Family Welfare, Govt of West Bengal &Ors.
The petitioner is a president of Bharat Bachao Sangathan An NGO and is a Post Graduate with a Degree of Human Rights from IIHR.
He files the plea in the High Court of Calcutta to direct the authorities to follow the guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and the West Bengal State Health and Family Welfare Department in accordance with safe and proper cremation /burial of the dead bodies.
Vineet claims that no guidelines are followed or taken under consideration.
Those people who die due to Covid-19 their bodies are zipped up and sent to health departments where further bodies are taken to a place called DHAPA.
More than two bodies are burned together. Not even a single family member is allowed there.
The family members and relatives don’t even get a chance to see the deceased’s body or offer the last prayer.
As enshrined in Indian Constitution Article 21 and 25 which deals with the human’s Right to have proper burial rituals with due respect.
The departments here just call the deceased’s family members to inform about the death and to clear the hospital bill.
inter alia, it is noted that the guidelines also allow for
the viewing of the dead body by unzipping the face end of the body bag (by the staff using standard precautions) may be allowed, for the relatives to see the body for one last time, and
Religious rituals such as reading from religious scripts, sprinkling holy water, and any other last rites that do not require touching of the body.
The petitioner urges the CM of Kolkata to take due actions. She was already informed by the Governor of Kolkata regarding this issue going on in the city.