In an incident that brought back the memories of Odishaâ€™s Dana Majhi, who carried his dead wife on his back last year when he was allegedly denied a hearse by a hospital, a labourer was forced to carry the body of his son after the hospital denied him help.
The incident took place on Monday in Uttar Pradeshâ€™s Etawah, where 45-year-old Udayveer carried his 15-year-old sonâ€™s body on his shoulder after doctors at a government hospital allegedly denied him help.
In a video which went viral on social and electronic media, Udayveer alleged that doctors at the Etawah government hospital did not treat his son Pushpendra and turned him away.
â€œMy son just had a pain in his legs. The doctors spared only a few minutes to see my child and said take him away, there is no life in the boy,â€ a weeping Udayveer told reporters here.
He alleged that the doctors did not offer the services of a hearse or an ambulance, which are meant to be provided free of charge.
â€œNo one told me that I was entitled to an ambulance to take my sonâ€™s body back,â€ the grieving father said.
Chief Medical Officer of Etawah, Dr Rajeev Yadav, said, â€œThe boy was brought dead to the hospital yesterday afternoon. Â I am told the doctors were busy with a bus accident case and so they could not ask him (Udayveer) if he needed transport. Â There will be action... no doubt it is a blot on the reputation of this hospital and the fault is ours.â€
In August last year, the nation was shocked by the image of Odisha farmer Majhi walking with his wifeâ€™s body because there was no hearse available at the hospital. His young daughter, with tears streaming down her face, walked with him.
(With inputs from PTI)