The family of an Indian man kept his body indoors for about 17 months, believing he was in a coma. Vimlesh Sonkar died in April last year, during the second wave of covid-19 in the city of Kanpur, but his body left the residence only this week.
According to the Indian Express, Dixit worked in the income tax department and had the death certificate issued by a private hospital on April 22, 2021. The document states that the cause of death was due to sudden cardiac respiratory syndrome, during the second wave of covid-19.
Sonkar’s body was kept on a wooden bed wrapped in a blanket. The family took care of him, believing he was still alive, according to the newspaper.
Police said family members used to bring oxygen cylinders home regularly to reinforce the coma idea for neighbors.
However, the department where he worked noticed his prolonged absence and opened an investigation. The family, according to the publication, sent medical certificates from time to time, claiming that he was ill.
“Whenever his department asked the family about him, they said he was sick. The department then sent a letter to the Kanpur District Magistrate and he asked us to investigate. Our team visited Vimlesh’s home last Friday ( 23). As family members were protesting, the police had to be called,” said doctor Alok Ranjan.
After much discussion, family members finally allowed the man’s body to be taken by the health team to take the body to Lala Lajpat Rai Hospital, where medical examinations declared him dead.
According to officials, he was already in an advanced state of decomposition.