The body was wrapped in a bedsheet.
A shocking video has emerged across various social media platforms in which an Indian man was forced to carry his mother’s body on his motorcycle for more than 50 km.
According to reports, the man had to do so as a government-run hospital in Madhya Pradesh’s Shahdol district had denied a hearse van to him.
The deceased woman has been identified as Jaimantri Yadav, a resident of Anuppur district, which is located on the Madhya Pradesh-Chhattisgarh border.
A few days ago, she was admitted to a government hospital with acute chest pain.
As her condition deteriorated, Anuppur district hospital authorities referred her to a medical college district hospital in adjoining district Shahdol, where she died during treatment.
After the woman died, the Indian man tried to arrange for a hearse to take the body home for cremation.
However, there was no hearse available at the hospital, a hospital employee told IANS on condition of anonymity.
The family tried to arrange for a private ambulance but due to exorbitant charges, they decided to take the body on a two-wheeler.
Subsequently, the body was wrapped in a bedsheet, and tied to the motorcycle which was ridden by the Indian man for around 50 km.
The incident came to light after someone who filmed the act, uploaded it on social media which soon went viral.
Alongside the video, a user on Twitter wrote: “In the Shahdol district in MP, a man was forced to tie his dead mother’s body to a motorcycle and ride it back to his village 80 km away as the district hospital didn’t provide a hearse van.
“The man couldn’t afford private vehicles that asked for Rs 5,000 for the trip.”
In the Shahdol district in MP, a man was forced to tie his dead mother's body to a motorcycle and ride it back to his village 80 km away as the district hospital didn't provide a hearse van. The man couldn't afford private vehicles that asked for Rs 5,000 for the trip. pic.twitter.com/yXalDRP876
— Kanwal Chadha (@KanwalChadha) August 1, 2022
Notably, it is not the first such incident in Madhya Pradesh where due to the unavailability of an ambulance, families had to take the bodies on their own.
On July 11, an 8-year-old child was seen waiting for a vehicle to take the body of his two-year-old brother after the hospital authority refused to provide a hearse van in the Guna district.
The father of the children, Poojaram Jatav, was desperately looking for an ambulance to take the body of his deceased son home.
A large crowd gathered after people saw the boy sitting with the dead body on the roadside and alerted the authorities.
The incident had been reported from Badfra village of Ambah.
The health of Poojaram Jatav’s two-year-old son, Raja, suddenly worsened.
Initially, Jatav made attempts to cure his son at home, but when his stomach pain became unbearable, he took Raja to the Morena district hospital.
His elder son Gulshan also accompanied him to the hospital.