Husband Carries Dead Wife’s Body for 10 Km After Hospital Authorities Refuse to Help

Published On: August 25, 2016 || 2073 भाद्र 9 बिहिबार , at 9:49 PM

Kathmandu-  A Indian  tribal man, along with his 12-year-old daughter, today walked around 10 kilometres carrying his wife’s body on his shoulder as he failed to get a vehicle to transport it from a government hospital, in the backward district of Kalahandi where she died.


The incident took place in the morning when the locals found Dana Majhi carrying his wife Amang Dei’s body. The 42-year-old woman died of tuberculosis last night at the district headquarters hospital at Bhawanipatna.

To help those in such a situation, the Naveen Patnaik government launched the Mahaparayana scheme in February, offering free transportation of bodies from government hospitals to the residences of the deceased.

Majhi, however, said despite his all-out efforts, he could not get any help from the hospital authorities.

Thus, he wrapped his wife’s body in cloth and started walking to his village Melghara in Rampur block, which is about 60 km from Bhawanipatna.


Dana Majhi walks 10 kilometres carrying his wife’s body with their 12-year-old daughter in Odisha. Credit: PTI

Majhi’s daughter accompanied him till some local reporters spotted the duo. They called up the district collector and arranged for an ambulance for the remaining 50 km of the journey.

“I told the hospital authorities that I am a poor man and cannot afford a vehicle. Despite repeated requests, they said they cannot offer any help,” Majhi told a local television channel.

As per the Mahaparayana scheme, dead body carriers are supposed to be deployed at 37 government hospitals and a total of 40 vehicles were assigned for the job.