Bhubaneswar: Two years ago the curious case of Dana Majhi, the kalahandi poor tribal who walked 10 km carrying the body of his wife on his shoulders, made headlines worldwide. It was expected the Odisha Government would take necessary measures to assure no further occurrence of Dana Majhi cases.
However the Dana Majhi horror revisited again. In Boudh a poor old fellow allegedly carried his kin’s corpse from hospital to home on a bicycle. According to some other sources he was allegedly carriing the body to funeral ground as none from his villagers gave shoulders.
A poor labourer from Krusnapali village of Brahmanapali Panchayat in Kantamal block of Odisha’s Boudh district, which happens to be the native village of Odisha Assembly Speaker, has forced to carry the dead body of his sister- in-law with the help of a bicycle.
The photo of the man carrying corpse of his kin on a cycle is going viral in social media. The much touted Mahaprayan scheme is proved to be failed in Boudh district.
Abakash Sahoo, a Zilla Parishad member from Boudh has posted few photograph of this sad incident in social media.
A thinker and columnist from Berhampur Bhalachadra Shadangi wrote in his Facebook account,
Both his wife and sister in law were hospitalized due to diarrhea. While the sister-in law died his wife is still in the hospital undergoing treatment. This sad incident once again proved the anti people rule of Naveen Patanaik Govt along with the precarious socio economic conditions of rural Odisha.
Senior journalist from Sandeep Sahu wrote,
It just goes to prove that Mahaprayan Yojana or not, things haven’t changed one bit since Odisha was embarrassed throughout the world by the visuals of Dana Majhi carrying his wife’s body on his shoulders two years ago. In this case, the man is carrying the body of his sister-in-law, who died of diarrhea at the Boudh hospital, on a bicycle. His wife is still being treated for the same ailment at the same hospital. It’s a shame for all of us that our much touted schemes fail the people when they need it the most!
In 2016, a day after the shocking incident of Dana Majhi, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had launched ‘Mahaprayan’ a scheme offering free hearse service from government hospitals.