A 37-year-old man was forced to get off a bus in Damoh district of Madhya Pradesh after his ailing wife died inside the vehicle.
Ramsingh Lodhi, 37, a resident of Ghoghri village in Chhatarpur district, was taking his wife Mallibai, who had taken ill after the birth of their daughter five days before, to Damoh district hospital for treatment. But her condition worsened and she died on the way.
Sources told Hindustan Times that after coaxed by some passengers, bus conductor Sharda Prasad, driver Amar Lal and helper Dharmendra asked Lodhi — along with his infant daughter and 65-year-old mother — to get off near Chainpura Parasai village, some 20 km before Damoh. They stopped the bus near Chainpur Parsai in Narsinghgarh around 5.30 pm and told Ram Singh to get off the bus with his wife’s body.
Shockingly, repeated pleas by Ram Singh and his mother-in-law went in vain.
After nearly an hour’s wait, two advocates Mritunjay Hazari and Rajesh Patel, who were returning to their homes in Damoh, stopped and heard Ram Singh’s story. They then arranged a private vehicle to take them to Chhatarpur.
The two advocates had complained about the incident to the state human rights commission, DGP and regional transport officer.
The driver and conductor of the bus have been taken into custody and a case under IPC Sections 304 (culpable homicide not amounting to murder) and 336 (act endangering life or personal safety of others) lodged against them, SP Tilak Singh said.
Earlier, a tribal man in Odisha’s Kalahandi district was seen carrying his wife’s body on his shoulders, accompanied by his 12-year-old daughter, as hospital authorities allegedly did not provide a mortuary van or an ambulance.