New Delhi, December 3
Former Law Minister Ashwani Kumar has shot off a letter to Chief Justice SA Bobde and other Supreme Court Judges, requesting them to take cognisance of a reported incident of a dog nibbling at the remains of a dead girl dumped on a stretcher inside a hospital in Uttar Pradesh.
“It is unfortunate that in these extraordinary times when the Covid situation has overwhelmed the nation and deaths are mounting, little attention is being paid to putting in place the requisite protocols for preserving the dignity of the dead as foremost obligation of a state committed to the values of the Constitution,” Kumar wrote. “It is occasioned by the heart wrenching visuals aired on various TV channels on November 27 showing a dog nibbling away at the remains of a dead girl dumped on stretcher in a corridor inside a hospital. The visuals represent the ultimate callousness and insensitivity towards the dignity of the dead, repeatedly affirmed by this court as a non-negotiable right at the pinnacle in the hierarchy of fundamental rights,” the former Law Minister’s letter read. — TNS