Uttarakhand: No trace of missing sons, relatives ‘cremate’ effigies
DEHRADUN: The hope that they had made it alive was never there. But Budaari Devi did wish she could see her sons Sandeep and Jeevan one last time before they were laid to rest. A week after the Uttarakhand floods, with no word on whether their bodies had been found, their effigies were cremated by the banks of the Yamuna in Haripur village on Sunday.
“We waited for a week and then gave up. They were working right in front of the dam — they could not have survived, we know. The only thing we wished for was that we would get their bodies. But that didn’t happen either and time was running out,” said Guddu, their elder brother.
Among the Jaunsari community, if someone is believed to be dead and the body cannot be found, an effigy must be cremated within 14 days. “It is dressed in the clothes of the deceased and cremated just the way the body would be,” said Balbir Chauhan, their uncle and gram pradhan of the Panjiya village.
Jeevan, 21, had left Jaunsar’s Panjiya for Tapovan months ago. There was work to be found at the hydel project, he had heard. Money was not too bad, either. He called his brother, Sandeep, 24, to join him. On January 8, Sandeep did. He was to get married on May 16.
“I spoke to them on February 6 over the phone. They were happy I had called,” said Guddu. When news of the flood came, he left for Tapovan. But nothing turned up. So, they decided it was time. Guddu got back home on Sunday, got the effigies ready and cremated his brothers.
Speechless...... I prayer hope Such
unimaginable separation situations never ever comes in anyone's life
Shame on media for not giving due coverage and importance to this tragic news.
Vijay Ishwarlal Upadhyay
Government SHOULD STOP immediately all Hydro Projects in Uttarakhand, it's very very Eco sensitive areas in Himalay region. In fact this is not development but destroying our Unique Mother Nature. Increasing population is big threat to Environment. I feel ashamed & deeply regrets for those who lost their Dear Family members. Monetary Compensation is not a solution.
Santosh Kumar D
Very sad. May their soul rest in peace. Pray to god to give strength to the family.
this is where the home minister should be going rather than giving election nonsense speeches....=in our country the politicians don't know their job profiles
May all there souls rest in peace
May God give strength to their families.
Very unfortunate and sad tale of human tragedy precipitated by human neglect of nature's ability; no language to express the grief
modi dreams project
A real tragedy.
There appears to be no hope of getting the bodies of those missing in the flash floods.
instead of searching Alive people BJP is searching for Twitter tweets .. new india
HEART RENDERING SCENE……SPEECHLESS!
Huge tragedy and unimaginable pain! God grant the affected families the strength to bear their loss! I still hope some may be found alive and reunite with their loved ones!
WOW A NEW DIGITAL STYLE OF CREMATION....LESS EXPENSIVE. ..SAVES MONEY....HOWEVER. ...KINS RUSH TO DECALRE DEATH VIRTUALLY IS SUSPECT.....MAY BE TO GET HANDS ON PROPERTY....smart people.