Thousands of homeless die but no lesson learnt
NEW DELHI: As many as 18,769 people figure on the official record of "unidentified dead bodies" in Delhi from January 2009 till date. A compilation of the data updates from Zonal Integrated Police Network of the union ministry of home affairs shows that in this year alone over 2,600 unidentified bodies were found till Oct 12.
The records, compiled by NGO Centre for Holistic Development, show more bodies being found in peak summer months hinting at the possibility of destitute persons dying due to heat stroke and dehydration. The maximum number of unidentified bodies was found in 2010 when the count was 3,498. Over six years, it was seen that June was the worst month with a total of 2,332 unidentified dead persons. July followed at 1,864 bodies while 1,748 corpses were recovered in August and 1,685 in May. In 2014, the maximum number of bodies was found in June (485), July (364) and August (322).
The data on dead bodies found in winter months remained high but lower than the numbers recorded in summer. For instance, between 2009 and October 2013, bodies found in December numbered at 1,293. From 2009 to 2014, the corresponding number for January was 1,511 and it was 1,201 for February.
While NGOs claim that most of these unidentified persons are homeless, so far there has been no study by the Centre or the state to decipher the data and categorize these deaths as destitute, homeless or cases of murder or accidents. This lack of an assessment is a cause for concern, say activists. "The data reflects operations to safeguard those on the streets cannot be restricted to just winter months but must focus on months when the scorching heat can be dangerous. Year-round efforts are critical," said activist Indu Prakash Singh from Shahri Adhikar Manch- Begharon Ke Saath.
在非政府组织宣称无名尸中大多数为无家可归者的同时，至今中央或州政府都没有开展调查对这些数据进行辨别、将这些死亡分类为赤贫、无家可归或是谋杀、事故案件。活动分子说，这种鉴定的缺失令人关切。“数据反映，对那些流落街头的人员，保护行动不能仅局限于冬季月份，而必须着重于灼热能成为危险的月份。'城市权利论坛 - 与无家可归者在一起' 的活动家I.P.辛格说“全年不断的努力至关重要。”
NGOs have repeatedly demanded post mortem exam of all homeless found dead on the streets in order to establish cause. In peak summer and winter months every year, homeless deaths are not uncommon and bodies are recovered and labelled as unidentified. In most cases it is seen that the homeless person's body was found hours or a day after the death indicating the lack of a system to rescue ailing and dying among destitutes on the streets. There are over 185 night shelters in the city but there is no long term plan to deal with the socio-economic factors that trigger homelessness, say activists.
Metta Pillar (State College, Pennsylva)
This is such a horrible story, the extreme lack of any kind of social services and assistance is incredible. How do they even know these people are homeless and not murder victims? What is Modi going to do to bring the country into modern times? There is not even anything said about what is done with the bodies if anyone is even notified, who the people are. I guess I must be naive, but don't people have any kind of identification? What if this person has a family who is missing them? This is shocking to me, even though this problem exists everywhere to some extent.
Vorpal (New Delhi)
The "lesson" is to be learned by people like Ms Maneka Gandhi; and the lesson is that "stray" people are more in need of help than dogs..
象Maneka Gandhi 女士（人民党北方邦现任议员、动物权利活动份子）这样的人要汲取这个教训；教训就是“流浪”人比狗更需要帮助…
Very unfortunate. We find people like Ajit Singh trying to grab government buildings in the city where thousands die without shelter
lala hari (Unknown)
Pl. find how these dead bodies are disposed off finally & their source ? If successful I will see people honor you?
Shree Kumar Singh (Unknown)
Homelessness is due to socio-economic reasons.