Wrong body cremation leaves Delhi family shell-shocked

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The corpse of a man who died of COVID-19 on June 4, with that of a person who died of another disease have allegedly been interchanged by employees at an Indian hospital mortuary in Delhi.

Moinuddin, a resident of Patparganj in Delhi, was admitted at Lok Nayak Jaya Prakash Narayan hospital in the city, and died that night from kidney failure.
Hospital asked Moinuddin’s son Kalamuddin to identify the body from the mortuary. Though he could not identify the body because of the swollen face and bloodstains, Kalamuddin accepted the body based on the document and performed the last rites.

According to a local news report, Kalamuddin said, “My father had kidney problems and diabetes. He was admitted as a COVID-19 suspect. His body was given to us on June 5. My father’s last wish was that he should be buried immediately if he died.”

Later, the hospital informed Kalamuddin that the body of the deceased got mixed up and it turns out, the body that Kalamuddin and his relatives had buried on Saturday, was of another Moinuddin, a 50-year-old resident of the Jama Masjid area.

The incident came to light on Friday after Aijazuddin, the brother of the other Moinuddin was asked by the hospital to identify the body of the deceased. While checking the documents, he found that the details mentioned in the documents were wrong, and when the body was shown to him, he was quick to realise that it was not his brother.

Understanding their mistake, the hospital assured Aijazuddin that they will get back his brother’s body, but on Sunday he was told that the other family had already buried the body. On Sunday, the family of Aijazuddin joined Kalamuddin at the Jadid Kabristan, a cemetery in New Delhi, where the latter performed the last rituals of his father once again, next to the grave where the first body was buried.

Some tweeps have said that this is not the isolated case as there are other similar cases that have been reported off late in the capital city of India.