The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has appealed to the government to enable the environment for respectfully performing the final rites of the people who die of COVID-19.
In a press statement here today, the human rights watchdog called the government to coordinate efforts with the local locals for effective implementation of the procedure to manage the dead bodies of the persons succumbing to this deadly infection.
The NHRC has drawn attention of the government towards the scuffle among people’s representatives, security personnel and locals in course of disposing the dead body of COVID-19 patient at Pokhara Metropolitan City-32 and urged it for its positive intervention in such scenario.
The locals had protested that the dead body of COVID-19 infected person was going to be disposed nearby the human settlement without consulting them. The NHRC in its on-site visit found out that the tension had flared up when the security personnel had used force to disperse the protesting mob.
The NHRC further argued that it was the right of any person to have his/her final rites as per his/her religion and culture which is also ensured by the national law, and the international laws to which Nepal is also a party.
Source: National News Agency Nepal