Petition update

Another Spanner in the works

Renu Kapoor
Mumbai, India

Jun 8, 2021 — 

This campaign is nearing the 1 lakh signature mark. Your support means so much to me particularly today when I feel so darn disheartened with the system. Why is dignity in death so hard for the authorities to understand?

On the one hand, the need of the hour has been since the last couple of months for makeshift crematoriums, electric furnaces and morgues to keep up with the rising death toll. On the  other hand, existing crematoriums are being overstretched or in some cases like the one in my constituency, South Mumbai is almost non-operational! Where are we expected to cremate our loved ones who leave us?

In south Mumbai, a crematorium that services Ward A B and C has been declared structurally unsafe for human use by a report dated October 2017. (The population of just Ward A is more than the total population of the State of Goa!)

After 2 whole years of struggle and hiccups,  the reconstruction of the Chandanwadi crematorium commenced in September 2020. I had celebrated along with the citizens who are part of my group called Dignity In Death. Today the work is at a standstill because a builder at the rear of the crematorium has placed barricades in order to prevent any access from the rear while the front is reconstructed as per Phase Two of the plan.

I am attaching the Times of India report for you to read. It details all the messiness, the politics and everything that is standing in the way of our right to dignity in death. Please read it and let me know your thoughts. I could really use some motivation from all of you to keep going.


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