On Monday, the Supreme Court refused to entertain a plea filed by Advocate Jose Abraham that sought direction for framing policies that protected the right of the dead. It sought for directions for a proper burial of the dead bodies along with controlling the overpriced cremations and ambulance services for those who lost their lives to COVID-19.

The Advocate appearing on behalf of the petitioner made the court aware that such directions were being sought keeping in mind the rights of the dead in the wake of the incidence of dead bodies being found in the river Ganga.

The plea took note of the advisory given by the NHRC dated 14th May 2021 which emphasised on upholding the dignity and right of the dead.

Upon adhering to the Delhi High Court order dated 6th May 2021, the petitioners had made representations to all 4 Municipal Corporations but received no acknowledgement or response for the same. It is in the light of the issue of floating dead bodies in the river Ganga that it becomes imperative for the Apex Court to direct the Centre to consider the gravity of the matter.

The division bench of Justice Nageswara Rao and Justice Hemant Gupta observed that the petitioners had referred and sought responses even from the NHRC to which it inquired as to how many forums would the petitioners approach. The Court referred the petitioners to reach out to NHRC which would pass orders considering the gravity of the case.

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