Sridevi passes away: Delay in release of body not unusual; all procedures laid down by UAE govt being followed
The delay in the release of veteran actress Sridevi's body is nothing unusual, as per the guidelines and paperwork specified on UAE govt portals
Veteran actress Sridevi passed away at the Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel in Dubai on the night of 24 February due to cardiac arrest. Her producer husband Boney Kapoor was present in the room when the unfortunate incident happened. Shortly after the news of her death broke, Indian industrial magnate Anil Ambani offered to send his private jet to bring her mortal remains back to India.
Although the public has so far had very limited access to information about her death and the process of repatriation, reports suggest that all developments with regard to the release of the body are well in sync with general rules and regulations.
To report a death outside a hospital, the UAE police needs to be called immediately, as per the official portal of the UAE government. Forensic reports have to be obtained from the police to investigate the cause of death. The authorities then fill out a death report and move the body to a government morgue. After Sridevi was found unconscious in the bathtub of her room by Boney Kapoor, the police was called to the scene. The actress' was body was kept in a morgue, according to reports in the media.
After the procurement of a death certificate, the document has to be submitted to UAE's Ministry of Health and Prevention, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation. The ministry registers the death and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation attests the death certificate, according to the official govt portal. In Sridevi's case, the forensic procedures were not rushed since she is a high profile personality, reports News18. It was only in the early hours of 26 February, that the death certificate was issued.
#JustIn -- UAE media reports: As of 6:30 PM #Sridevi's body has not been released...autopsy procedures are still on...doctors conducting the autopsy say that they are not rushing any procedures since she is a high profile personality. #RIPSridevi pic.twitter.com/6SDyVfXAO2
— News18 (@CNNnews18) February 25, 2018
#Sridevi Autopsy completed in Dubai; death certificate issued. Top south Indian stars are expected to attend the funeral, reportedly around noon, and pay tribute to the legendary actress. Updates here: https://t.co/LCn4kcRqTj pic.twitter.com/jErGray1A0 — Firstpost (@firstpost) February 26, 2018
The embassy of the person's home country then needs to be informed after which it provides a NOC and cancels the passport of the deceased. After the NOC is received, the family of the deceased must return to the police station where documents related to the release of the body, embalming and transportation are issued, as stated by gulfnews.com. If the death has occurred outside a hospital, the body is taken to Rashid Hospital (as is the case with Sridevi).
For transporting the body to a different country, arrangements need to be made through both DNATA and the chosen airline, as per the information provided on dubai.ae. The DNATA then handles the body at the Cargo Village. The airport letter has to then be submitted to the CID office in the airport itself.
As per the latest update, Sridevi's body will be ready for repartrition by 3:30 pm IST.
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