Indian worker to be cremated in RAK

RAS AL KHAIMAH —The Ras Al Khaimah Public Prosecutor has ordered the cremation of the body of a 35-year-old Indian worker according to his religion, after keeping it for more than six months in the morgue at Seif Obaidullah Hospital in the 

By Sebugwaawo Ismail

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Published: Mon 27 Dec 2010, 10:32 PM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 1:58 PM

The order followed a request by the RAK Police to bury the body of Falsiyu Salfani as his family in India informed the police that they had failed to raise money for the repatriation of the body. Salfani’s family had requested the authorities to help them cremate the body as per the belief of Hindu religion and to conduct the last rituals on their behalf.

According to the police, Salfani had succumbed to burns at the hospital, which he had sustained in a fire that broke out at his accommodation in RAK.The Public Prosecutor asked the police to coordinate with the authorities at government hospitals in the emirate to take urgent measures to arrange the burial of other bodies kept in the morgues for a long time without being claimed by relatives or others. Government hospitals had complained about keeping the corpses for a long time in the morgues, especially those of expatriates, which often lead to lack of space for new corpses.

Some bodies are kept in the hospital morgues for a long time as families back home fail to raise money to repatriate them, while some other corpses including those of workers are kept for long period as nobody comes forward to claim them, said a doctor at a government hospital in RAK.

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