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Punjab

Residents urge petitions committee of Lok Sabha to enact law on disposal of bodies

ASHOK KAURA | August 04, 2022 07:51 PM

NAKODAR:Residents of Nakodar and Nurmahal have urged the Chairperson of the Committee of Petitions Lok Sabha to enact a law on the disposal of human bodies.

In a representation to Harish Dwivedi, Chairperson of Committee of Petitions Lok Sabha 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 principle 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 cast 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 Petition Committee of Lok Sabha and bring a bill in this regard before the Parliament.

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