Mangaluru, May 3, 2015: The Human Rights Federation of India has been fighting for the cause of unclaimed bodies. Following the appeal made by Federation seeking permission to give unclaimed dead bodies a decent burial, district administration handed over the dead bodies for final rites. Eight unclaimed and unidentified bodies were given decent burial as per Hindu tradition by Human Rights Federation of India, at Nandigudde crematorium on May 3, Saturday. A group of three persons sang Bhajans- "Yarige yaruntu eravina samsara,". Out of eight bodies, two were women. Normally, unclaimed dead bodies are handed over to Medical Colleges.
The body of Dayananda Shetty (65), Mallesha (48), Panduranga Rao (65), Puttappa (60), Rathnamma (60), Shailesh (24), 50-year-old unidentified male body and 60-year-old unclaimed female body were handed over to the office-bearers of the Human Rights Federation of India. The bodies were burried by flowers were placed, coconut, insence sticks and water as per Hindu customs.
Haneef Saheb Pajapalla of Human Rights Federation of India said the medical colleges in the district were collecting over 200 unclaimed dead bodies from Wenlock Hospital every year. Though the Colleges were paying Rs 10,000 per body, corruption was suspected. No one are orphans in the world. The police should make efforts to trace the identity of the unclaimed and unidentified bodies. If they fail the bodies should be given a decent burial through various Non Governmental Organisations,said Federation Executive Director Vijayprasad Alva. It comes to mind as to why bodies are donated as a noble cause before death by people?