Bengaluru: Corona related deaths - Family members can view face

Daijiworld Media Network - Bengaluru (SP)

Bengaluru, Aug 1: The state government has informed the high court that in the case of people who die of coronavirus infection, the family members, if they so wish, will be allowed to have a glimpse of the face portion of the mortal remains. This can happen either when the body is brought out of the isolation ward or before the funeral at the graveyard.

This information was provided to the division bench of the state high court which has been hearing a batch of public interest litigations filed in respect of coronavirus management.

Appearing on behalf of the state government, additional advocate general, Dhyan Chinnappa, said that an integrated guideline has been drawn up relating to the handling of bodies in respect of corona-virus related deaths. He said that a revised circular in this connection was issued on July 29, as per which family members if they so want, can see the face of the body when the body is brought out of the isolation ward. All precautionary measures have to be followed mandatorily at that time. However, the concerned will not be allowed to come in contact with the body, he explained.

He stated that the guideline contains instruction about COVID-19 checking, handling of bodies, safety measures to be undertaken at that time by health staff, post-mortem, transportation of mortal remains, and steps to be taken at the graveyard and electric crematorium. At the same time, handling of orphaned bodies, death at home, medical certificate, and death certificate details are also provided in the guideline, he stated.

The bench, considering these explanations, noted that death and funeral are very sensitive and emotional issues. Therefore, the bodies should be disposed in an honourable way as per the respective religious and cultural beliefs. Therefore, it asked the government not to allow anyone to come in contact with or kiss the body when the family is allowed to view the face. The hearing was adjourned.


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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Sun, Aug 2 2020

    Thank You ...

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  • R.Bhandarkar, Mangaluru...

    Sat, Aug 1 2020

    I think one prominent Congress leader is infected in Mangalore.
    Well all are prominent and I think it is already public...
    So all those present was DKshi was here please take precautions...
    Very troubled state of affairs.

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  • Cynthia, Kirem

    Sat, Aug 1 2020

    Bhandar Sir, yes... It has become viral. Even after knowing, why did he attend the gathering? That too without mask sometimes. They are not t like us ordinary people. For them top quality rooms in the best hospital always reserved. They will have best medicine from best doctors.....Money is no issue... So, they roam/carelessly as and when they want.... We don't get basic medicines like paracetamol/cough syrup in the medical stores....

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  • Shameer, Riyadh

    Sat, Aug 1 2020

    Rumors of kidneys and body parts of the dead being removed is ripe. Don't know how much of this is true. I have personally read hundreds of such incidents of kidneys being stolen from live patients since childhood. Few days back an Ayurvedic doctor was caught who says he lost count of innocent people he killed and removed their kidneys and threw their bodies in crocodile infected waters. We trust doctors, but the past incidents remind us about those who have no blood in their eyes nor a heart and they can go to any limit for sake of money. For them a dead body is just another means of making money. Surprising part is that he was left out on parole.
    Government needs to ensure such things do not happen.

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  • Cynthia, Kirem

    Sat, Aug 1 2020

    My goodness... Really scary.... Only god and good luck can save us.... Ooops!!!

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  • Kiran, Adyanadka,Udupi

    Sat, Aug 1 2020

    Falsifying the facts and making quick by money some doctors is really bad. Recently an Ayurvedic doctor claimed cure for Covid. He sent a proposal to ethics committee of Bangalore Medical Collège. He did not even started his first phase of experiments ,but went to press to claim efficacy of his "medicine".Yesterday ,the chairman of IRB sent him a legal notice for falsifying facts and advertising without the knowledge of IRB and misleading the public .This doctor's clinical tests are suspended due to this... Really surprising. We are seen as jokers by the world today..

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    Sat, Aug 1 2020

    Rotten apples are there in all fields...plz dont generalize...good and efficient doctors are also there..nobody will steal your kidney

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  • Allen, Mangalore

    Sat, Aug 1 2020

    This is a Must and much needed gesture. Atleast the family members will be convinced about the death of their relative.

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  • Monty Dotor, Mangalore

    Sat, Aug 1 2020

    Glimpse of face only.Why?

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  • Polinami, Bajpe

    Sat, Aug 1 2020

    Just to ward off misplaced identity.

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