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"Duty of the State is to Protect Rights of the Deceased": NHRC to Centre, State Govts on mishandling of COVID affected dead bodies

Lawstreet Journal 17 May 2021 6:39pm

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The National Human Rights Commission, India, released an advisory to the Centre and States for upholding the dignity and rights of the deceased, in light of a significant number of deaths and stories in the media about the mismanagement/mishandling of Covid-19 affected dead bodies.

This Advisory is also noteworthy in light of the NHRC notices released yesterday to the Centre, Bihar, and Uttar Pradesh governments in response to a report regarding floating dead bodies in the Ganga River.

The National Human Rights Commission has issued an advisory to the Centre and States to ensure the dignity and rights of the dead. The NHRC's notifications to the Centre, Bihar, and Uttar Pradesh governments regarding floating dead bodies in the Ganga River lend weight to the advisory.

The Commission has said:

"It is a well-accepted legal position that the right to life, fair treatment and dignity, derived from the Article 21 of the Constitution of India, extends not only to the living persons but also to their dead bodies. It has noted that despite High Court and the Supreme Court judgements, international covenants, guidelines by WHO, NDMA, Govt. Of India regarding the maintenance of Covid protocol upholding the dignity of the dead, reports are coming in the media about lowering the dignity of the dead during Covid-19 pandemic."

 

The Commission has asked that the Union Home Secretary, Union Health and Family Welfare Secretary, and the Chief Secretaries/ Administrators of States and Union Territories enact the Commission's recommendations in the Advisory and the action taken report within four… Continue Reading...


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