Video footage of man carrying son's body on two-wheeler in Bengaluru sparks outrage

Bengaluru: A video footage of an Assam native carrying the body of his three-year-old son on a two-wheeler from a government hospital near here has triggered flak against the authorities for their alleged failure to ensure that the body was taken back home decently in an ambulance. The distraught father, a migrant labour from Assam had taken back his son's body on a two-wheeler after he was declared "brought dead" at the Anekal government hospital, where the man had brought him after a road mishap on Sunday.

Representational image. PTI

Representational image. PTI

The boy had been knocked down dead by an unidentified motorist near Karpur Gate in Anekal on Sunday evening, after which he was rushed to the hospital where he was declared brought dead, the police said. Though the hospital authorities have denied any "insensitivity" on their part in the incident, they came in for a severe flak after the man's video, carrying the body on a two-wheeler, went viral.

The hospital authorities said the parents of the boy had taken back the body without the mandatory autopsy. "On getting to know about the incident, we searched for the parents and took the body back to the hospital for the post-mortem examination," they added. A relative of the boy said they did not ask for the ambulance as they felt it would not be affordable for them. "...the doctors said he has died, so we took the body back to our place near Electronics city where we stay. The police came and took away the body for procedures," said Liton Khan, a victim's relative.

He said, "We had left, we are poor, how can we afford the ambulance? We did not have money, so we had left." The police said it has registered a case and is looking for the motorist who caused the accident. The members of an official panel, mandated to protect the women and children against violence, however, visited the government hospital on Monday and recommended actions against
the hospital authorities.

The incident comes close on the heels of a similar one at Etawah in Uttar Pradesh where a labourer was forced to carry the body of his 15-year-old son over his shoulder after he was allegedly denied help by doctors at a government hospital. The incident brought back the memories of Odisha's Dana Majhi, who had to carry his dead wife on his back last year after he was allegedly denied a hearse by a hospital.

Updated Date: May 02, 2017 22:15 PM

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