Unable to afford ambulance, leprosy-stricken beggar pushes wife’s body for 80 km!
In an emotionally disturbing condition, a 53-year-old beggar was found on streets crying with his wife’s dead body, as he was tired of walking for more than 80 km and 24 hours in Telangana because he couldn’t arrange money for an ambulance.
Reportedly, Ramulu, a beggar who ekes out his livelihood by begging near a temple in Hyderabad, suffers from leprosy and had pushed the cart carrying his dead wife’s body from Hyderabad. His wife, Kavithaa, 46, succumbed to leprosy on November 4, Friday evening.
It has been reported that he sought the help of a local hospital to arrange for an ambulance to take her body to their native village Maikod village of Sangareddy district, about 100 km away from Hyderabad, for the last rites, but the hospital authorities demanded Rs 5,000. Unable to afford that, he took his wife’s body in the same cart they used for moving from place to place for begging.
However, he lost his way in darkness and reached Vikrabad town, about 80 km away on Saturday evening, reports quoted local residents as saying.
At last he was tired, unable to move further, he started crying on the road side begging for money. Some locals, who heard his story, brought it to the notice of Vikarabad town sub-inspector of police Ravi.
Following this, police arranged an ambulance from the local Swami Vivekananda Trust with the help of an advocate Ramesh Kumar and ensured that Ramulu along with the body of his wife was taken to his village in Sangareddy district. The cremation took place on Sunday morning.
The disturbing part is that this incident comes months after the nation was outraged over the case of an Odisha man who was forced to carry his wife’s dead body for miles. It had been reported that unable to afford an ambulance, Dana Majhi, a resident of Kalahandi district in Odisha, carried his deceased wife Amang Dei’s body on his shoulders and walked for 10 km.