Amritsar Family Refuses to Claim COVID-19 Victim’s Body

In yet another case in the state, a family in Amritsar refused to claim the body of a coronavirus victim, forcing the district administration to perform his last rites, officials said on Tuesday, 7 April.

Similarly, a family in Ludhiana on 6 April had refused to accept and cremate the body of a 69-year-old COVID-19 positive woman. The administration there had too perform her last rites.

According to an official release, the 69-year-old Amritsar man, a retired superintending engineer at the civic body there, had died at a private hospital on 7 April. His family did not respond to the administration when it asked them to claim the body, it said.

Thereafter, officials approached the family but they did not come forward for the last rites.

The official release said the daughter of the deceased is pursuing an MBBS course and none of his family members reached the cremation ground where he was cremated. 

Initially, the man had tested negative for COVID-19 at Government Medical College in Amritsar. But when his condition did not improve, he was shifted to a private hospital, where he tested positive for the disease.

Civil Surgeon Amritsar Prabhdeep Kaur Johal said, “A few days ago, he tested negative for the infection at GMC lab. Then he went to a private hospital which declared him positive in their preliminary report. Thereafter, we took his samples again for confirmation and found him positive for COVID-19."

In another such incident in Amritsar, residents of Verka village did not allow the cremation of Padma Shri recipient and former Golden Temple ‘Hazuri’ Raagi Bhai Nirmal Singh Khalsa.

The villagers had refused to allow the cremation of the Gurbani exponent fearing the spread of the disease.

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