Indian man to be buried as wife remains in coma in US


The US authorities have decided to bury the body of an Indian man, who died in a road accident in the US on 4 July as his wife continues to remain in coma and is unable to give consent for his cremation.

Chandan Gavai had died with his parents after a pick-up truck rammed into their car earlier this month. Chandan’s wife, Manisha Surwade, has been in coma since the accident.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Sunday tweeted that Indian Consul General in New York Riva Ganguly had proposed that the body of Chandan Gavai be buried till his wife Manisha came out of coma.

Swaraj tweeted: “Burial of Chandan as his wife Manisha is in coma and she alone can give consent for his cremation.”

According to US laws, the spouse’s consent is required for the cremation of a body.

“Burial only till his wife Manisha recovers from coma. Once she gives consent, Chandan will also be cremated,” she said in another tweet.

She said that death certificates would be issued for all the three who died and the family would be helped in getting insurance money.

Sushma Swaraj added that all members of the family, including Manisha, who are in the US, are agreeable to the Consul General’s proposal.

According to IANS, IT professional Gavai, 38, and his parents Kamalnayan Gavai, 74, and Archana Gavai, 60, were killed when a pick-up truck crashed into their car while they were returning after watching Fourth of July fireworks.

The truck driver also died on the spot.

Both vehicles, according to media reports, burst into flames immediately after the accident which happened at Yaphank in Suffolk county, New York.

Police said that 32-year-old Surwade sustained life-threatening burns and head injuries while their 11-month-old son sustained non-life-threatening injuries.

The family hails from Kalyan in Maharashtra.