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Posted at: Jun 13, 2019, 7:11 AM; last updated: Jun 13, 2019, 10:12 AM (IST)

Residents urge Prime Minister to enact law on disposal of bodies

Residents urge Prime Minister to enact law on disposal of bodies
Prime Minister Narendra Modi - File photo

Ashok Kaura

Nakodar, June 12

Residents of Nakodar and Nurmahal have urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to enact a law on disposal of human bodies.

In a representation to the Prime Minister, they said the Punjab and Haryana High Court, in its judgment on December 1, 2014, while asking the authorities to carry out Nurmahal-based Divya Jyoti Jagriti Santhan’s head Ashutosh’s last rites within 15 days, had observed that it was high time that the legislature should take up the exercise of framing legislation pertaining to the disposal of bodies.

They said delivering his judgment, Justice MMS Bedi had said no legislation had been made by the Centre or the state for disposal of the bodies.

He had said this ambiguity existed not only in India, but it was a point of controversy in other parts of the world too.

The court had said although the dispute over bodies arose in India and its states, the absence of any legislation laying any guiding principal causes inconvenience to the courts, the public and relatives of dead persons.

Justice Bedi had said Article 51-A(h) of the Constitution of India caste a duty on every citizen of India to develop scientific temper, humanism and the spirit of inquiry and reform and the legislature should take up the exercise of framing legislation to the disposal of bodies.

The representation said the mortal remains of Ashutosh, who was declared clinically dead in January 2014, were lying in a deep freeze on the dera premises.

The residents said through this representation, they wanted to bring this important issue to the notice of the Prime Minister.

The PMO said the residents’ suggestion had been registered.

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