VHP activists cremating bodies of Covid victims abandoned by families

When families of persons died of Covid-19, Chiranjeev Malhotra, a Delhi-based Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) activist, could not digest the insensitivity of the people. So, he collected other VHP workers began performing the last rites of unclaimed bodies of the corona victims.

According to reports, Charanjeev had cremated more than 20 bodies so far. All bodies were cremated according to the Hindu rites. Not only that he immersed the ashes of five such people in the Ganga. People’s apathy against their own was what inspired him to perform this work. The fear of spread of the infection forcing people to abandon the bodies of the victims. But this is a very dangerous act. He visited the homes of such corona victims, distributed medicines, including Ayurvedic decoctions. The situation, he added, is getting worse because people fear cremating the corona victims.

Charanjeev said that the VHP took up the task of taking such dead bodies to the cremation ground. He started cremating the corona victims after seeking permission of the family concerned. Similarly he performed the last rites of the unclaimed bodies, too. During the funerals, Charanjeev was equipped with protective equipment such as PPE kits, gloves, masks, sanitizers, taking necessary precautions.

He said if corona patients needed medicines and ration, he provided it to them. Charanjeev also cleaned and sanitised the crematoriums regularly. People threw PPE kits, gloves, masks, etc at the cremation ground. VHP activists collected these items and burnt them.