Man forced to carry his wife’s dead body gets Rs 8.87 lakh from Bahrain king
New Delhi: Dhan Manjhi from Kalahandi, Odisha, who recently became a symbol of apathy when he was forced to carry his wife’s body wrapped in sheets and on shoulder for 13km, while his heartbroken teenage daughter followed by his side, received Rs 8.87 lakh assistance from the Bahrain king on Thursday.
Majhi’s 42-year-old wife died from tuberculosis but hospital staff insisted that he move the body and that he couldn’t afford a private ambulance, so he resorted to carrying her body himself.
“I am relieved as a father now. My daughters will get free education,” Majhi said in Oriya, at an event held in Delhi for presentation of the cheque of 8.87 lakh.
“I want one of my daughters to be a doctor so that she can serve our village. I would be happy if my other daughters could join the police force or any other prestigious government service.”
Visibly shaken at the media attention, Majhi recalled how he was emotionally shaken when his wife passed away.
“I pleaded several times but no one was ready to give me a hearing. I was not provided a hearing by the Kalahandi hospital authorities because I could not afford it,” Majhi said.
Clad in a wrinkled shirt and dhoti, Majhi said he had no other option but to carry the body on his shoulders.