Unsung heroes in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh are keeping humanity ahead of religion. Yesterday, popular Indian journalist Barkha Dutt shared a video about a group of Hindu men at an Indore mortuary, who bury Muslims who've died from the coronavirus.
In the caption of her video @BDUTT wrote: “In the first ever journalistic account from Inside a COViD hospital. I travel to Indore's Aurobindo Medical Institute to meet these unsung heroes - the Hindu men at the mortuary who bury the Muslims who've died from the virus.”
In the video that has been viewed over 218,000 times, Dutt features four Hindu men Jagdish, Lakhan Kahre, Sohan Lal Khatwa and Golu who are in charge of burying people for the Aurobindo Medical Institute in the city of Indore. Indore is considered a Red Zone for the high number of coronavirus cases. According to the video report, there are over 400 patients in this private medical college who tested positive for COViD-19.
The men in the videos say that the family members of patients who die due to the disease are scared to come near the body.
One of the men added: “This is our duty, we don’t feel afraid that we will contract the disease or die. We just do our work.”
Another added: “At a time when people’s own families don’t do anything, we consider it a blessing that we are performing the final rites and just do our duty. There is no question of faith, humanity comes ahead of faith.”
Other paramedics and a doctor at the facility applaud them for their selfless work.
Many Twitter users loved the video and hailed these men as heroes.
@Subhasi74224343 posted: “First of all, we are humans… Then comes the rest. Religion is man-made and there is no scientific basis for it. But, if we consider it spiritually, we will see that all faith leads to one goal - welfare of mankind. There is nothing beyond that.”
And, @sumantrabarooah posted: “One of the best stories related to #COVIDー19 , #humanity , #UnsungHeroes I've seen in the recent past.”
Tweep @UjjwalPriydars1 called it “Some respite from the toxicity,” and tweeted that he was “looking for more of these unifying messages which will forge loving Indians.”
On Sunday, 144 new coronavirus cases were reported in Madhya Pradesh, according to data released by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. This brings the total reported cases of coronavirus in MP to 2,096. Among the total people infected as on date, 210 have recovered and 99 have passed away.