Plea in supreme court over dead bodies found in Ganga-Yamuna river amid corona crisis

New Delhi: Cases of bodies being dumped in rivers have come to light in many parts of the country amid the crisis of the corona epidemic. Bodies floating in the river were seen in several states of UP-Bihar. Now the matter has reached the court. A petition has been filed in the Supreme Court regarding the bodies found in the Ganga and Yamuna rivers in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh.

Advocate Vineet Jindal has filed the petition. The petition said that fundamental rights, human rights, right to health and right to life, including the right to die with dignity, have been affected. The petition demanded that the government set up three-tier committees at the Central, State and Rural levels to ensure that the bodies are cremated with dignity.
It may be recalled that on May 15-16, the Central Government held a review meeting in which the Central Government took cognizance of the dumping of dead bodies in the Ganga and its tributaries amidst the Corona epidemic.

The Central government has asked Uttar Pradesh and Bihar to stop dumping of bodies in the Ganga and its tributaries and ensure safe, dignified funerals. During this period, a letter was written to the Chief Secretaries to prevent the dumping of dead bodies in rivers and to ensure that the bodies of corona patients were cremated as per environmental guidelines.

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