How sad! Odisha tribal man carried wife's dead body for 12 kms!

How sad! Odisha tribal man carried wife's dead body for 12 kms!

A tribal man from Kalahandi district of Orissa, Dana Majhi, had to carry his wife's dead body on his shoulders and walk with it for nearly 12 kms as he had no money to hire a hearse van

There was one Dashrath Manjhi who dug up an entire mountain in the memory of his wife and then there is this Majhi who walked upto 12 kilometers carrying his wife's dead body on his shoulders.

A tribal man from Kalahandi district of Orissa, Dana Majhi, had to carry his wife's dead body on his shoulders and walk with it for nearly 12 kms as he had no money to hire a hearse van.

It was a heart-wrenching site to see Dana Majhi wrap his wife Amangadei's body in old sheets, that he supposedly carried from the hospital, and then carry it on his shoulders with his teenaged daughter sobbing by his side.

Majhi walked from the hospital in Bhawanipatna town to his home in Melghar village in Kalahandi's Thuamul Rampur block. His wife died on Wednesday morning from complications arising from tuberculosis.

No official came to help him

“I requested everyone, but no one listened. What option did I have other than carrying her,” asked Majhi. However, some youths saw him after he had covered 12 kms and called for an ambulance that helped transport the body to Melghar village.

While Majhi says that the hospital authorities didn't help him, Kalahandi district collector Brundha D says that he did not wait for the vehicle to be arranged.

“We would have surely sent the body in a vehicle,” she told The Indian Express and also added that she had received Rs 2000 from the state government's funeral assistance scheme and also Rs 10, 000 from the Red Cross Fund of the district.

As expected political leaders started playing the blame game with former Kalahandi MP Bhakta Charan Das putting the blame on the Naveen Patnaik government. “When I was an MP, I had arranged two ambulances for the Bhawanipatna hospital. The vehicles could have been used in this case. What is the point of having them if they can’t help a poor tribal in the time of need?,” he asked.

Love in the time of crisis

While such incidents are quite common in the tribal belt of Orissa, it is heartening to see a husband walk with his dead wife's body on his shoulders for 12 kms, despite his background.

The fact that he had no money and still he overcame all odds to stay with his wife on her last journey of life, is a remarkable gesture of devotion. What's even more touching is the fact that his daughter shared the same love for her mother and made sure she stood by her father in times of crisis.

Both Dashrath Manjhi, who is known as the mountain man of India, and Dana Majhi come from very humble backgrounds and had no money to provide for their family. But both have stories that the nation would remember for the times to come.

For those who've forgotten, Dashrath Manjhi dug up the entire Gehlour mountain in Bihar after his wife died while crossing the hilly terrain one day. Apparently, his wife was carrying lunch for him and while crossing the Gehlour hills she slipped and injured herself very badly. She died soon after that, but Dashrath was so deeply disturbed that he dug up the entire hill to make a road and prevent other such injuries.

Such incidents that feature people from different walks of lives and how they manage to keep the faith intact despite all odds, can indeed be a lesson for all of us who are privileged and have everything we desire.

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[Image courtesy: Indianexpress.com]
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