Woman forced to sleep with husband’s corpse after landlord barred her from performing rituals

A woman was forced to spend a night at a crematorium in Uttarakhand’s Roorkee with her husband’s body after her landlord refused to allow her to perform pre-cremation rituals at home.

In a heart-rending incident of human apathy, a woman from UP’s Banaras was forced to spend a night at a crematorium in Uttarakhand’s Roorkee with her husband’s corpse after her landlord allegedly refused to allow her to perform pre-cremation rituals at home.

The now-deceased man, identified as Mahender Singh, and his wife worked as labourers at a factory near Roorkee. The couple stayed in a rented house in Salempur neighbourhood. On Tuesday night, Singh complained of chest pain, following which his wife and landlord rushed him to a nearby hospital, where he died.

Woman takes husband’s body to crematorium
After Singh’s death, the landlord refused to take his body back home for final rituals. Then, with the help of a few local residents, his wife took his body to a crematorium and waited there till her relatives arrived on Thursday morning. Thereafter, the woman and her relatives cremated the body, according to a report by The Times of India.

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Speaking to TOI, Sanjeev Rai, a Roorkee Municipal Corporation official, said, “We took the boy of Mahender Singh from the hospital to a local crematorium on Wednesday when the landlord refused to entertain them, giving COVID-19 pandemic as an excuse.”

Another incident
In another incident, the landlord of two women bankers in Bihar’s Seohar district allegedly forced them to vacate the property after they tested positive for the novel Coronavirus. One of the women said they survived by eating noodles since their landlord had stopped their colleagues from handing over medicines and other essentials, including food items, in order to make them vacate the house.

However, the landlord denied all the allegation levelled against him. He said he had only requested the two women to leave the property as his family members were feeling unsafe after the duo tested COVID-19 positive.

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