A shocking new video of a father carrying a sack is catching attention all across social media as troubled viewers soon realize what’s under the rags in his arms — and the story behind the chain of events, captured on camera, will leave you sickened.
The unbelievable footage comes from Odisha, India, where a grieving father was forced to carry the body of his deceased five-year-old daughter over six miles when the hospital where she died failed to provide transport.
The little girl passed away at Palalahada Community Health Centre (CHC) in Angul, according to a report by the Hindustan Times. The father’s pleas for help to transport her body fell on deaf ears as hospital management refused to provide a hearse, van, or any other assistance.
The girl’s father, Gati Dhibar, began the heart-wrenching walk back to his home in Pechamundi village, accompanied by his older daughter, mostly unnoticed until a group of bystanders saw him and alerted a nearby journalist, who captured the incident on video.
According to a report by IndiaOne, an investigation is under way at the request of District Collector, Anil Kumar Samal. During an interview, Samal said:
“Following [the] dead body carrying incident in Palalahada, the sub-collector visited the spot and spoke to the family members of the deceased. On the basis of the report, security guard and junior hospital manager has [sic] has been suspended. We shall ensure nothing undignified happens with any dead body.”
In a similar incident last August, a man named Dana Majhi had to carry his dead wife over three miles from the hospital back to their village after he was refused help by medical staff. The depravity of such saddening events is almost overwhelming to hear about.
There have been numerous situations like these ones, where the poor are forced to carry the bodies of their dead loved ones back to their villages with no consideration or dignity. Despite the Odisha government ordering the state’s medical facilities to ensure this doesn’t happen, it seems to be an ongoing problem.
According to RT, Baijayant Jay Panda, a member of parliament who became involved after an avalanche of public outrage, there were plans to expand a government program providing free transportation from hospitals to villages. Unfortunately, it seems this program has not yet reached the impoverished village where Gati Dhibar and his family live.