Ahmedabad, Oct 3: A sad picture of apathy was witnessed in Gujarat after a tribal man had to carry his 12-year-old son’s dead body from hospital to his home on his shoulder.
The man had to take the body after government hospital in Vaghai refused to arrange ambulance on Sunday.
The incident came to light when a picture of man taking his son’s dead body on shoulder swirled rounds on social media.
The Gujarat government after noticing the incident assured the family for help but such cases of negligence has raised questions against the administration.
Keshu Paanchra, a tribal man who works as a construction labourer at Vaghai, took his ailing 12-year-old son, Minesh, to the government hospital yesterday. The family hails from tribal-dominated Dahod district.
Doctors declared the boy as dead on arrival.
However, as per Government statement, the hospital did not have a mortuary van and Keshu could not arrange a private vehicle, so he asked to carry the body home himself.
As they lived nearby, it would not be a problem, the family told the doctor, the release said. Some locals saw Keshu carrying the body and that’s how misleading reports came out, it said.
Dang district collector then asked the Vaghai taluka mamlatdar to visit the family and extend all possible help.
The officials arranged a vehicle for taking the body to the family’s village in Dahod district for last rites, stated the release.
Earlier, picture of a man carrying the body of his wife on his shoulder in Odisha had triggered outrage across the country.