Family members of a 69-year-old woman who died of COVID-19 in a private hospital, refused to accept her body and cremate it, forcing the district administration to perform her last rites, said officials on Monday.
Her son refused to perform the last rights despite authorities seeking to give him the requisite protective gears and assuring him that it would shield him against the infection, said Additional Deputy Commissioner (General), Iqbal Singh Sandhu.
“It was a big shock for everybody when relatives including, son of the deceased, did not come to claim her body. The body was later claimed by the district administration,” said Sandhu.
The last rites were performed late mid night by district administration officials while Kaur’s son and other family members watched the cremation from a distance of over 100 metres.
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