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In view of the ruckus over the last rites of the victim at midnight in the Hathras case, the government has issued a ‘Standard Operating Procedure’ (SOP) for the last rites of the dead in such incidents. It has been decided that now the funeral will not be performed at night without the permission of the DM.
In the SOP prepared by the Home Department on the instructions of the High Court, the procedure for the last rites of a person killed in an incident has been determined. According to the new system, if the last rites of the dead person are necessary at night and there is a possibility of law and order deteriorating, then in such a situation it will be necessary to take permission of the DM. A provision has also been made in the new SOP to constitute a two-tier committee.
The first committee will consist of the people of the village or locality related to the incident site. In this, the person of that particular caste will also be kept, to which the deceased will belong. Similarly, a committee will also be formed under the leadership of the Regional Deputy Collector. In this, the regional CO and police station will be there. The people of the first committee will persuade the relatives of the deceased for the last rites and after taking their consent, they will inform the second committee.
State government notified funeral plan
The state government told the Lucknow Bench of the Allahabad High Court that a new scheme (SOP) for dignified cremation of dead bodies in cases like the Hathras incident has been notified. The court has fixed the next hearing in the matter for November 2. A division bench of Justice Rajan Rai and Justice Jaspreet Singh gave this order after hearing a suo motu cognizance of the PIL titled ‘Right to dignified funeral of dead bodies’.
Committee headed by SDM will celebrate for last rites at night
In the SOP prepared by the Home Department on the instructions of the High Court, a provision has been made to form two committees to persuade the family members to perform the last rites of the person killed in an incident. The first committee will consist of the people of the village or locality related to the incident site. This committee will persuade the relatives of the deceased for the last rites. If the relatives of the deceased refuse to obey the first committee, then the committee headed by the SDM will take along with the people of the first committee and try to persuade them by meeting the relatives themselves.
The committee headed by the SDM will have to prepare the kin of the deceased with regard to performing the last rites at night and also give a clear reason why it is necessary to perform the last rites at night. After the consent is reached, the committee will have to give its report to the DM and Superintendent of Police of the concerned district or the Commissioner of Police in the cities with the commissionerate. Only after examining the report, on the permission of the DM, the last rites can be performed at night with the consent of the family of the deceased.