Madras High Court Orders Reburial Of COVID-19 Victim Dr Simon Hercules

Police safety shall be offered at Velangadu burial floor and Kilpauk Cemetery, choose mentioned. (File)


After 11 months of his dying, the Madras High Court on Wednesay ordered the exhumation of the physique of Dr Simon Hercules, who had been treating Covid sufferers and fell sufferer to the virus in April final yr.

The stays must be exhumed from the Velangadu burial floor and re-buried on the Kilpauk Cemetery, Justice Abdul Quddhose gave the course whereas permitting a writ petition from Simon’s spouse Anandi.

All the COVID-19 protocols imposed by the Central and State governments now and again must be essentially adopted whereas exhuming the physique and re-burying the identical on the Cemetery and whereas performing spiritual ceremonies by the members of the family, the choose mentioned.

Sufficient police safety shall be offered, each at Velangadu burial floor and Kilpauk Cemetery for the graceful operation of the exhumation and the re-burial course of, the choose added.

The Health Officer nominated by the Greater Chennai Corporation shall be current and supervise the exhumation.

This is to make sure that all procedures are complied with and everybody current reveals respect to the sufferer always and public well being is protected.

The choose mentioned that the dying of Simon is a surprising one because the incident had given a go-by to all human values.

His corpse was shunted from one burial floor to a different because of the objections raised by heartless human beings for permitting the burial of the physique of a COVID-19 sufferer.

Ultimately, he was buried in a spot the place individuals belonged to a different religion.

The courtroom, after inspecting the safeguards adopted in international international locations, noticed that until such time a laws on exhumation is available in place in India, the identical safeguards shall be adopted whereas exhuming Simon’s physique.

The exhumation ought to begin as early as potential within the morning to make sure most privateness. Screens must be positioned across the current grave/burial plot to guard the exhumation from public view and to ensure privateness. Workers should deal with the neighbouring burial plots with care.

Disinfectants and disposable protecting clothes (together with respiratory facemasks) have to be made accessible to the employees and disposed of safely after the exhumation.

All stays and items of casket, webbing and so forth., are positioned within the new casket (shell). Videography of the exhumation and re-burial course of shall be finished.

Allowing the petition, the choose quashed the April 24, 2020 order of the GCC Commissioner, rejecting Anandi’s plea for exhumation of her husband’s physique and re-bury it on the Kilpauk cemetry.

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