In a shocking development, government doctors in Rajasthan were forced to carry out poster-mortem of two bodies on road outside a government hospital in Barmer district.
The post-mortem on the women, who were electrocuted, was performed outside the Gadara Road community health centre on Wednesday, reported PTI. The video of government healthcare staff performing post-mortem on road has gone viral on social media platforms. The staff in question claimed that they were forced to carry out the autopsies on road because there are no mortuaries available nearby.
Rajesh Kumar, Addl Dist Collector of Barmer was quoted by news agency ANI as saying that he had ordered an investigation and a report was awaited.
55-year-old Raja Devi and her 30-year-old daughter-in-law Maya Kanwar were electrocuted after they they came in contact with a live wire while drying clothes. Devi’s husband Padam Singh too sustained injuries and has been shifted to Jodhpur for treatment.
In the video, a man can be sitting outside a building, believed to be a government hospital, and carrying out the procedure on two bodies. Though there’s a green wall covering him in the background, the bodies can still be seen.
A report by PTI added that there was no mortuary on the 100-km stretch between Barmer and Gadara Road. Barmer Chief Medical and Health Officer (CMHO) Kamlesh Choudhary said that the autopsies were performed on humanitarian grounds after they received a request by the police and the family members.
Rajasthan, which goes to polls soon, has had a BJP government for last five years. The revelation on the appallingly poor healthcare infrastructure will give the much-needed ammunition to the opposition Congress, which has been seeking to dislodge Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje from her post in the coming polls.