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Delay in reporting deaths of Indians holds up release of mortal remains: Consulate

anjana@khaleejtimes.com Filed on September 14, 2020 | Last updated on September 14, 2020 at 06.22 am
Delay, reporting deaths, Indians, holds up, release, mortal remains, Consulate

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The advice comes after the mission has noticed that in some cases, the deaths of their citizens in Dubai and Northern Emirates are not reported swiftly.

Death of Indian nationals should be reported immediately to the consulate to avoid delays in claiming the mortal remains from mortuaries, the Consulate-General of India, Dubai has said.

The advice comes after the mission has noticed that in some cases, the deaths of their citizens in Dubai and Northern Emirates are not reported swiftly.

"Normally, the information of the death first comes to employers, sponsors or family and friends of the deceased. Any delay in completing the local formalities by the employees/ sponsors causes additional burden on mortuaries and government facilities, especially during the current pandemic situation," said the consulate in a social media post on Sunday.

"It is reiterated that the mortal remains must be claimed expeditiously and their burial/cremation or repatriation completed at the earliest," it added.

Employers and sponsors can report the death of any Indian national under their sponsorship on the consulate's emergency number +971507347676 or on the email id deathregistration.dubai.mea.gov.in.

The consulate will issue clearance to take urgent steps to complete death-related formalities for performing last rites locally or in India as per family's authorisation.

"We also request family or friends of the deceased to inform the consulate about the same and provide their authorisation quickly. These steps are necessary to ensure a dignified end to a departed soul," said the consulate.

anjana@khaleejtimes.com 

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Anjana Sankar

Anjana Sankar is a UAE-based journalist chasing global stories of conflict, migration and human rights. She has reported from the frontlines of the wars in Yemen and Syria and has extensively written on the refugee crisis in Bangladesh, Iraq and Europe. From interviewing Daesh militants to embedding with the UAE army in Yemen, and covering earthquakes, floods, terrorist attacks and elections, she has come out scathe-free from the most dangerous conflict zones of the world. Riding on over 14 years of experience, Anjana currently is an Assistant Editor with Khaleej Times and leads the reporting team. She often speaks about women empowerment on her Facebook page that has 40,000 plus followers.


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