Punjab

Residents urge PM to enact law on disposal of bodies

Dilbag singh | June 12, 2019 01:40 PM

NAKODAR: The Nakodar and Nurmahal residents have urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to enact a law on disposal of bodies of the human being. In a representation to the PM, they said the Punjab and Haryana high court in its judgment on December 1, 2014, while asking the authorities to carry out Nurmahal-based Divya Jyoti Jagriti Santhan’s head Ashutosh’s last rites within 15 days had observed that it is high time that the legislature should take up the exercise of framing legislation pertaining to the disposal of bodies.

They said delivering his judgment justice MMS Bedi had said that no legislation has been made by the Centre or the state for disposal of the dead bodies and for determining the dispute regarding disposal of the dead bodies.  He had said this ambiguity existed not only in India but was a point of controversies in other parts of the world as well.

The court had said although a dispute over dead bodies arises in India and its states, the absence of any legislation laying any guiding principal causes inconvenience to the courts, the public and the relations of dead persons.

Justice Bedi had said Article 51-A(h) of the Constitution of India caste a duty on every citizen of India to develop the scientific temper, humanism and the spirit of inquiry and reform and the legislature should take up the exercise of framing legislation to the disposal of bodies.

The representation said the mortal remains of Ashutosh, who was declared clinically dead in January 2014, were lying in a deep freeze on the Dera premises.

The residents said through this representation they wanted to bring this important issue into the notice of the PM

The PMO said that residents suggestion has been registered.

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