Eight bodies – believed to be of those killed by the COVID-19 virus – wrapped in plastic are being tossed into a common pit for burial in a disturbing video that emerged Tuesday from Karnataka’s Ballari district.
“We are inquiring into this, the body is packaged properly. We need to look at it (on) humanitarian grounds. That is why this inquiry. We need to create awareness of this (respectful handling of bodies), it is true, and action will be taken,” SS Nakul said.
Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa termed the behaviour of the staff “inhuman and painful” and urged all staff to tread cautiously, and with humanity, in handling the bodies and funerals of those affected by the virus.
With the families of those killed by the infectious virus often not allowed to access the bodies of their loved ones or, in some cases even unable to perform last rites in accordance with their beliefs, images like the ones from Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Puducherry, only add to their pain.
Nearly 17,000 people have been killed by the virus in India, with more than 2.15 lakh others still in hospital or COVID care facilities receiving treatment.