The Delhi High Court has adjourned hearing in a plea seeking direction to the Delhi Government for a facility regarding handling and transporting the Covid-19 dead. The plea was listed for hearing before the Division Bench of Chief Justice D. N. Patel and Justice Jyoti Singh.
In the previous hearing, the Court had issued notice to Delhi Government to file their replies regarding how they are going to provide facilities to the people pertaining to the Covid dead like mortuary, funeral, transportation and handling facilities in this high time of urgency.
This petition was filed by the petitioner Advocate Mujeeb Ur Rehman under Article 226 of the Constitution of India after going through an article published in Outlook dated 06.05.2021 with the heading “Covid Nightmares: 4-Year-Old Watches His Grandparents Corpses Decay For A Day”, further stating “A child in a Covid infected family watches his grandparents die and decay before him while his father pleads in vain with neighbours and strangers for help. Welcome to Delhi. Welcome to Hell.”
In the previous hearing, the petitioner submitted before the Court that the people of Delhi need a dedicated facility from the Government to help them in handling and transporting the dead bodies infected of Covid, mortuaries for such bodies, and funeral facilities; because expecting that the general public will come out itself to do all these tasks will be a foolish thought as Covid being a highly infectious disease and high fear of being infected is keeping most of the people away from doing such social service.
The petitioner has further submitted that this facility will be effective in sharing the sufferings of all such people who are helpless and waiting for respectful farewell of their loved ones; and to approach the court by every such person with the similar petition to get the similar directions from this Hon’ble Court is not logical, hence this petition is filed by me in the public interest.