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Floating Corpses in Ganga: NHRC seeks Centre, UP & Bihar’s response on action taken

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The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Thursday sought a reply from the Union government as well as from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar regarding dead bodies found floating in Ganga.  The commission issued notice to the Centre and the states directing them to file their action taken report on the issue within four weeks.

The commission in its notice remarked that the public authorities seem to have failed to make concentric efforts in educating the masses and checking the immersion of half-burnt or unburnt bodies into the River Ganga.

“The practice of disposal of dead bodies in our sacred river Ganga is clearly in violation of guidelines of the National Mission for Clean Ganga project of the Ministry of Jal Shakti, Department of Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation,” the NHRC noted.

Complaint filed in NHRC

The action initiated by the NHRC is based on a complaint that alleged that the bodies floating and the ones that piled up on river banks were those of COVID infected patients. The complainant said that the disposal of such bodies might affect those who are dependent on Ganga for their day-to-day activities.

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The complaint has further argued that even if the bodies were not of COVID victims, then even such incidents are shameful for society, as it amounts to the violation of the human rights of the deceased. The complainant requested the intervention of the commission for strict action against negligent public authorities, who have failed to prevent such incidents.

Dead bodies floating in Ganga

Since the past few days, there have been multiple reports of dead bodies seen floating in Ganga in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh. Many of these bodies also piled up along the river bank creating panic among citizens.

Bihar has urged the Centre to probe the incidents, while clarifying that the bloated and decomposed bodies were from Uttar Pradesh. The Bihar government also installed a net in Ganga at Ranighat on the border with Uttar Pradesh and increased vigil along the river to prevent bodies from floating in the state.

 

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