Monday, 29 August 2016

Man carries Wife’s dead body home as he can’t afford car

A grieving man in India, Dana Manjhi carried his wife's body for miles after the hospital where she died allegedly failed to provide a way to transport her body back to their village.

Without the money to hire a vehicle, Dana Manjhi walked for 6.2 miles (10 kilometers) by foot carrying the dead body on Wednesday.

In the humid and sweltering summer temperatures, he hoisted his wife's body, wrapped in a blue sheet, over his shoulder. He was accompanied by his weeping 12-year-old daughter.

His wife, Amang Dei, 42, died of tuberculosis Tuesday night at a hospital in the eastern state of Odisha.

Manjhi and his daughter had about 50 kilometers (31 miles) to go before reaching their village when passersby called a local journalist.

Odisha TV journalist Ajit Singh found them and recorded video of the pair that has been widely-shared across the nation.

"I am carrying the dead body of my wife as I am poor and cannot afford a vehicle. I told the same to the hospital authorities. They said they could not offer any help," Manjhi said in the video.

Singh described the story to CNN.

"Some locals ... spotted Mr. Manjhi carrying the dead body of his wife accompanied by his 12-year-old daughter, Sanadei Manjhi, and called me," he said. "We filmed him carrying the dead body and asked him what happened.

A car was eventually organized for Manjhi.