A broke man was forced to walk 10km carrying his wife’s dead body over his shoulder – with his weeping daughter by his side. Heartbreaking footage shows Dana Majhi carrying his deceased wife through his home city of Bhubaneswar, in the Indian state of Odisha.
Mr Majhi’s 42-year-old spouse died of tuberculosis at a hospital in Kalahandi on Tuesday night, according. But without a mode of transport – or any money – Mr Majhi and his grieving 12-year-old daughter were forced to walk 10km until an ambulance vehicle was finally organised to take the family the rest of the 60km journey.
Mr Majhi told local television crews: “I told the hospital authorities that I am a poor man and cannot afford a vehicle. “I kept requesting them but they said they could not help.” Mr Majhi wrapped his wife in several layers of cloth for the journey.
Kalikesh Singh Deo, a Member of Parliament of the state’s ruling Biju Janata Dal, tweeted: ” I have already asked the local minister to verify this and take appropriate action:”
A day after a tribal man had to walk 10km carrying his wife’s body on his shoulder in Odisha’s Kalahandi, the state government on Thursday ordered probe to ascertain the circumstances which led to the incident.
“The District Collector of Kalahandi has ordered an inquiry into the incident. Sub-Collector of Bhawanipatna has been directed to conduct the probe and submit a report at the earliest,” state urban development minister Pushpendra Singhdeo, who hails from Kalahandi district, said in Bhubaneswar.
“Sub-Collector Sukanta Tripathy has been asked to ascertain whether the tribal man, Dana Majhi, had been denied a vehicle to take his wife’s body from the hospital here yesterday,” said a senior officer.
The incident took place on Wednesday when locals found Majhi carrying his wife Amang Dei’s body along with his 12-year-old daughter.
The 42-year-old woman had died of TB at the district headquarters hospital at Bhawanipatna.
Majhi said despite all efforts, he failed to get any help from hospital authorities and had no other alternative than to wrap the body in a cloth and start walking to his village Melghara in Rampur block, about 60 km from Bhawanipatna.
Singhdeo, however, claimed an ambulance was sent for transportation of the body of Majhi’s wife to their village as soon as the authorities concerned came to know about it.
Unfortunately, the man had by then covered a distance of around 10 km, the minister said, adding “appropriate action would be taken after the inquiry report is submitted”.