In a distressing incident, the video of man from a marginalised community carrying his 11-year-old daughter’s body on his shoulders to reach a burial ground in Jalandhar town has gone viral.
The man, Dilip, told reporters that his daughter passed away to COVID on Sunday, 9 May. He went to the burial ground the next day, on Monday, 10 May with his son for her last rites.
The video of the incident has been shared by many on social media.
"”I am a poor man. Since no one came forward to financially help me in her cremation, I decided to take her body for the cremation on my shoulder. Since my daughter was undergoing treatment in Amritsar, after her death the body was handed over to me by wrapping in a bed sheet. I brought the body here (Jalandhar) for cremation. With the help of someone who gave me Rs 1,000, I performed her last rites.”" - Dilip to IANS
A day earlier, a video grab of a man carrying the body of his mother, who too died due to COVID-19, for cremation on his shoulder in Himachal Pradesh was widely shared on social media.
The man belonged to Bhangwar village near Ranital town, some 30 km from Dharamshala in Kangra district.
(With IANS inputs.)
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