LUCKNOW: The Uttar Pradesh government has issued an order directing that no such protest should be allowed where people place bodies in the middle of the road and obstruct traffic.
The home department issued a 14-point standard operating procedure (SOP) which states that a written consent should be given by the family to the authorities that they will take the body directly from the post-mortem house to their home and later to the funeral site and will not place it on the road. If the family members or the kin still protest, strict action will be taken by the authorities.
The order also mentions strict legal action against any organisation or political party which gathers on the road to protest while placing bodies and obstructing traffic.
The order mentions that last rites must be conducted by the family members only. However, if in case the family members delay the last rites and create law and order issue then the local administrative authorities must approach local representatives (influential people) for placating the family members.
The instructions further state that even after local representatives fail to pacify the kin of deceased for the last rites then a four-member committee headed by the sub-divisional magistrate and comprising a circle officer-rank police official will assess the prevailing law and order situation and submit a report to the district magistrate or police commissioner.
The authorities must ensure that the last rites are conducted during daylight, but if in case due to any reason, it could not be done then a permission must be obtained from a family member and must be as per the religious customs.
However, if in case the last rites have still to be performed at night then a written permission must be obtained by the same above four-member committee from the police commissioner or district magistrate.
The order also states that after autopsy if the body is being taken for the last rites, at least two members of the family will have to stay inside the hearse vehicle or ambulance; while in cases where the immediate family members cannot come, the police commissioner or district magistrate must issue an order immediately nominating two police personnel and revenue official for the same.
The bodies of those who are killed in accidents, or their bodies are found severed must also be given a decent religious last rites by the district administration for which they must keep a list ready of priest, maulvis and its equivalent in all the religions. The order also states that if the identity of a body is not being ascertained even after publicising it on social media and following all norms then it must be buried, and videography must be conducted.

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