Observing that whereas sustaining the dignity of the useless was vital, the Bombay excessive courtroom (HC) stated that the authorities must also guarantee the protection of these conducting the final rites of Covid-19 sufferers in addition to residents residing across the crematoriums. The courtroom made the observations whereas listening to a public curiosity litigation (PIL), elevating issues over the dearth of security precautions at Shivaji Park, Chandanwadi and Sion crematoriums, which have been receiving many our bodies of Covid-19 sufferers daily for cremation.
The division bench of chief justice Dipankar Datta and justice NJ Jamadar, whereas listening to the PIL filed by activist Ketan Tiroodkar by video conferencing, was knowledgeable by advocate Aparna Vhatkar that there have been critical lapses within the disposal of useless our bodies, because of which the crematoriums had been getting crowded, inflicting issues to the residents within the neighbourhood. Vhatkar additional submitted that the employees of those crematoriums weren’t supplied with security gears corresponding to private safety gear (PPE) kits, masks, sanitizers and so on.
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), by senior counsel Anil Sakhare, nonetheless, refuted the claims and stated that the civic physique was following the World Health Organization (WHO) and central authorities’s pointers for the secure disposal of the our bodies of Covid-19 victims.
“The staff, driver and the attendant transporting bodies from the hospital concerned to the crematorium are provided with safety gears, and undergo regular thermal screening, and their throat swabs are also taken for Covid-19 tests,” Sakhare submitted.
He additional stated that the our bodies of Covid-19 victims had been disposed of solely in electrical crematoriums, and solely 20 our bodies had been permitted to be disposed of in a single crematorium per day. He added that the cremation of unclaimed our bodies is being performed by the police station staffers. Cremation of the our bodies of people that died as a consequence of different causes was additionally being carried out concurrently.
After listening to the submissions, the courtroom famous that because the authorities had been scrupulously following the rules laid down for administration and the secure disposal of useless our bodies of Covid-19 victims, there was no want for the courtroom to intrude.
“The BMC and all other authorities shall continue adhering to the guidelines so that dignity of all citizens is preserved and no citizen is put to any unnecessary risks,” the courtroom stated.