Funeral of Covid-19 victim held amid protest in Karnataka

South India

The funeral of a 75-year-old woman, who died of Covid-19, was held amid opposition from local people in Dakshina Kannada district in Karnataka, news agency PTI quoted the police as saying on Friday.

The final rites of the woman from Kasba village were held at the Hindu Rudrabhoomi at Kaikunje near Bantwal town, about 30 kms from Mangaluru, on Thursday night after at least four crematoriums reportedly denied permission to cremate the body.

The report said that the last rites were performed under strict police protection, even as local people who feared risk to their health raised protests. The funeral was held as per the protocol for Covid-19 deaths, police said.

The authorities had earlier decided to hold the cremation at Pachanady, but changed their plans after stiff opposition from the local residents there. The moment the news spread, locals from Kudupu, Panchanady and Vamajoor gathered and protested.

In a video that has gone viral, Mangaluru City North MLA Dr Bharath Shetty said that the administration had not informed him or the local corporator about the decision to conduct the funeral and, therefore, he could not do anything when people started objecting.

Such protests due to misconception about spread of coronavirus had been witnessed in some other parts of the country, including in Chennai, and the governments have warned of action against those opposing cremation or burial of Covid-19 patients.

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