A Covid man should get a decent burial, says Bombay HC quoting Oscar Wilde
There shall not be any hue and cry, no protest nor agitation when a person dies of Covid and is taken to the burial ground, ruled the Bombay High Court. The dead person shall get a decent burial and is entitled to such a right.
The court emphasised that if a citizen has a fundamental right for a decent life, then it is applicable to a dead person for a decent burial. There cannot be any denial.
A few residents of Bandra area had challenged the Bombay Municipal Corporation’s notification designating 20 burial grounds for those who die of Covid. They alleged that such a decision will endanger their life and create tensions in the surroundings, But the HC rejected such contentions and ruled that the apprehension expressed by them is baseless.
The court quoted the famed Irish playwright and poet Oscar Wilde who in a poem remarked that death be
beautiful, to lie in the soft brown Earth with grasses waving above one's head, and listen to silence. To have no yesterdays and tomorrows, to forget time, to forget life, and to be at peace.
The court observed that the burial will take place as per Covid regulations formulated by the Union government and there is no room for any anxiety for the residents.
The Court held the view that a citizen has a right guaranteed by the constitution for the protection of his life and it means that his burial also will be protected.