Family cremates wrong body as two corpses exchanged in morgue

In a bizarre incident, a family cremated the wrong body thinking it was their daughter`s.

Updated: May 27, 2011, 23:29 PM IST

Jaipur: In a bizarre incident, a family
cremated the wrong body thinking it was their daughter`s, as
the bodies of two young women were exchanged following wrong
identification by the family members of one the deceased at
Sawai Man Singh government hospital here on Friday.

The matter came to light when the family members of Asiya
approached the mortuary to claim her body and found it to be
missing.

Both the women, Sunder Devi and Asiya, were admitted in
the hospital a few days back with critical burn injuries and
died late last night.

Since both the bodies were charred, the brother of Sunder
Devi identified the body of Asiya, a Muslim woman, as that of
his sister, a Hindu, following which Asiya`s body was handed
over to them after postmortem.

After some time when Asiya`s family members approached
the mortuary, they found the body of an unknown woman in place
of Asiya`s, police said.

The police contacted the family members of Sunder Devi at
Shyam Nagar locality but by then they had cremated Asiya`s
body, thinking it was that of their daughter.

Asiya`s family members then collected pieces of bones
from the pyre ash and buried them as per Islamic tradition,
while the family members of Sunder Devi took her body from
Asiya`s kin and cremated it.

A case has been registered against the mortuary officials
for negligence in handing over the bodies, the police said.

PTI