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Dead Bodies in Ganges: Human Rights Body issues notice to centre, UP & Bihar Government

by Sidharth Pandey 1 month ago Views 6626

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The National Human Rights Commission today issued notices to the Union ministry of Jal Shakti (Department of Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation) and the Uttar Paradesh and Bihar governments over complaints of dead bodies being found in the Ganges river.

This week, images of dead bodies wrapped in white sheets floating to the shores in Ballia district of Uttar Pradesh sent the alarm bells ringing and had made media headlines. There were also  some reports of bodies floating in the Ganges in Bihar also.


Residents had expressed fear that the half-cremated bodies could be of Covid patients. While this has not yet been established the NHRC while issuing the notices today observed “that the disposal of dead bodies in such a manner may, seriously affect all those persons, who are dependent on the holy river for their day to day activities. It is further stated that even if these dead bodies were not of Covid victims, then such practice/incidents are shameful to the society as a whole as that amounts to violation of human rights of even deceased persons”

The NHRC took suo motu cognizance of the case following written complaints and media reports  also observed that  “it seems the public authorities have failed to take concentric  efforts in educating the masses and checking the immersion of half burnt or unburnt dead 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 Ministry of Jal Shakti, Department of Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation.

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