The Goa Human Rights Commission (GHRC) comprising of A.D.Salkar and J.A Keny will on 3rd April hear the petition that the body of late Fr. Bismarque Dias is lying in the morgue at Goa Medical College for over 16 months and the final rites yet not conducted. The GHRC has already issued notices to the Chief Secretary, Director General of Police and the Dean of Goa Medical College seeking their report on the issue.
Since 7th November 2015 the decomposed body of late Fr. Bismarque Dias who was found dead at St Estevam is languishing in the morgue of the Goa Medical College at Bambolim.
With all the forensic tests done and the viscera report having been received the mortal remains are not required for any further examination. Fr Bismarque Dias who so selflessly, dedicatedly and tirelessly toiled for Goa must be given a fitting farewell and laid to rest with all due respect to the great departed soul.
It is very distressing that for no reason the body of Fr Bismarque Dias remains consigned for over 16 months in the very unhygienic and regularly malfunctional morgue which is also infested with a huge brigade of rats and other rodents.
Fr Bismarque Dias’s last rites cannot wait any longer and if nobody claims his body, it would be a social responsibility to ensure that his human right is not any further violated. Such kind of disrespect to the late Fr Bismarque Dias cannot be tolerated any longer.
The Supreme Court in a recent judgment has held that even in death a person has dignity and when one is dead deserves to be treated with human dignity it being a basic human right.