Manik Berry, The Fact News Service
Chandigarh, April 9
As Punjab battles the spread of the deadly virus, there are reports of people refusing to cremate those who are dying of COVID-19. Two days ago, Mr. Karan Bir Singh Sidhu, Special Chief Secretary, Punjab, asked a serious question about those deceased during the crisis.
In a Twitter poll, Mr. Sidhu asked, “Should the immediate relatives, including sons and daughters, of the patients dying of COVID-19 be named and shamed and also formally penalised if they refuse to perform the last rights at the cremation?” The poll received 62% responses saying ‘Yes, it is shameful’, while over 37% of people voted ‘No, it’s their choice’. Some people replied to the tweet saying that instead of punishment, myths about COVID spread should be tackled.
Cases of people refusing to cremate their deceased and even villages protesting the cremation of COVID-19 deceased have surfaced in Punjab. One such case was that of the Verka village protesting the cremation of Hazoori Raagi Nirmal Khalsa at the district crematorium.