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Floating bodies in Ganga : Youth Bar Association seeks Supreme Court for Directions for Removal of bodies

Lawstreet Journal 15 Jun 2021 6:49pm

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The Youth Bar Association of India filed a plea before the Supreme Court seeking directions for removal of dead bodies in Ganga and steps for ensuring "no one is allowed to throw bodies into any river" as it may cause environmental hazards. 

The plea further prays for Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) to be formulated for the proper cremation of dead bodies as per rituals.

Filed after the observation by Bench led by Justice DY Chandrachud's, about the incident in Balrampur, Uttar Pradesh, wherein a dead body was thrown by two persons into the river, during the Suo Moto COVID case on floating dead bodies in the river, thee plea seeks for the proper method as per rituals and custom. The plea also points out the rights of a dead person.

The Right of a dead person

There is no specific law in India, which protects the rights of the dead person, but this Hon'ble Court in the case of Parmanand Katara v. Union of India, had recognized the Right to Life, fair treatment, and dignity, derived from Article 21. In this landmark case, the Supreme Court Of India recognized that the right to life, to fair treatment and dignity, extends not only to a living person but also to their bodies after death. 

The Plea pointed the case law of  Ashray Adhikar Abhiyan Vs. Union of India, that deals with the rights of homeless people for a decent burial, a similar ruling was given. It was held by the apex court… Continue Reading...

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