Haunting footage shows Dana Majhi carrying his deceased wife, along with his weeping 12-year-old daughter, through his home city of Bhubaneswar, in the Indian state of Odisha.
Times Of India gathered that Majhi’s 42-year-old wife, Amang, died of tuberculosis on Tuesday night at the district headquarters hospital at Bhawanipatna.
Majhi, who revealed that his village was 60km (37 miles) away and he couldn’t afford to hire a vehicle, had to walk 10km until an ambulance vehicle was finally organised to take the three of them to the rest of their – 60km – destination.
Mr Majhi told pressmen: “I told the hospital authorities that I am a poor man and cannot afford a vehicle.
“I kept requesting them but they said they could not help.”
Apparently undeterred by the alleged reply he got from the hospital, the sorrowful man wrapped his wife in several layers of cloth and then embarked on the journey.
In a swift denial, the hospital authorities said:
“The woman was admitted to the hospital on Tuesday and died the same night. Her husband took away her body without informing any hospital staff.’’
Also speaking, the district collector for Kalahandi – where Bhawanipatna town is located – Brunda D said she arranged a vehicle to transport Amang’s body as soon as she came to know about it.
“I have asked the local officials to provide 2,000 rupees ($30; £22) to the family under the Harischandra Yojana [a government scheme which entitles poor people the amount to cremate a family member]. Besides, the family would also get 10,000 rupees from the Red Cross,” she said.