New Delhi: A plea has been filed in the Supreme Court looking for directions to the central government and four states, including Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, to take immediate action to getting rid of the bodies found floating in river Ganga amid the ongoing second wave of coronavirus pandemic in India.
The above-mentioned petition, which talks about the reports of dead bodies found floating in river Ganga in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, instructed the apex court to release guidelines or put together a standard operating procedure (SOP) for proper burial or cremation of bodies of the victims of COVID-19, as per the rituals.
The plea, which has been filed by the Youth Bar Association of India, sought instructions to the chief secretaries and district magistrates to make sure that no dead body gets thrown in any river on any ground and to take strict actions against the culprits.
It is the job of the state government to protect the rights of the deceased, which also comprises the right to decent burial or cremation, said the plea, filed through advocate Manju Jetley.
The plea also said that river Ganga, which originates from Uttarakhand, flows down to Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal and that the floating corpses in the river violates the guidelines of National Mission for Clean Ganga and could lead to environmental hazards as well.
It also said that the authorities should be directed to take appropriate measures for ensuring removal of bodies from the Ganga and other rivers.
The plea further urged the authorities concerned be directed to set up a 24×7 toll free helpline number in every district which will mean the deceased can be taken to the crematoriums on the request of family members.
It also sought instructions to the central government and others to adhere to the last month’s recommendations of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on issues as well.