Grieving daughter jumps on the funeral pyre of the father in India

Damordas Sharda was tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday. He died the same day after being admitted to the hospital.

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A grieving daughter in India jumped on the funeral pyre of her father who died of COVID-19. 34-year-old woman sustained burn injuries as she jumped upon the pyre in Rajasthan.

Damordas Sharda, 74, had died after contracting COVID-19. The incident happened when Sharda was cremated. His youngest daughter, Chandra Sharda, suddenly jumped on the pyre. She was pulled out from the crematorium but suffered 70% burn injuries, reported Police.

She was taken to the hospital nearby and hen referred to Jodhpur. “Damodardas Sharda had three daughters. His wife died some time ago. The youngest of his three daughters jumped on the funeral pyre,” Station House Officer, Kotwali police station, Prem Prakash said.

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Damordas Sharda was tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday. He died the same day after being admitted to the hospital.

The police officer said that the youngest daughter had insisted to go to the crematorium site to perform the last rite.

India has been gripped with severe COVID-19 emergency with death rates reaching thousands each day.

Heart-wrenching scenes of people desperately calling for medical help outside hospitals have been circulating on social media. These images of helpless people in India have sent shockwaves across Pakistan and the world.

Hence, China has also expressed a willingness to provide medical supplies to India to fight a resurgence of COVID-19 at the request of the Indian side, Chinese Foreign Ministry’s Spokesperson Wang Wenbin.

“China has been following closely the epidemic situation in India and expressed readiness early on to help curb the latest surge. At present, the two sides are communicating with one another,” he said during his regular briefing held here.

According to some Indian media reports, China’s Sichuan Airlines has decided to suspend cargo flights to India for 15 days because of the resurgence there, which will disrupt Indian private traders’ procurement of medical supplies, including oxygen concentrators from China.

Wenbin replied that the Indian private companies’ procurement of medical supplies from China was normal business deals.

“You asked about Indian companies’ purchase of China’s anti-epidemic medical supplies. As far as I know, that’s normal business interaction. We stand ready to offer support and assistance to the best of our capability if the Indian side informs us of its specific needs,” he said.

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To yet another question, he made it clear that China was ready to provide necessary support and help to India in its fight against the new wave of infections. “If India raises any specific demand, we will offer support and help to the best of our capability.”

Wang Wenbin reiterated that the epidemic was a common challenge that could only be addressed by concerted international efforts. “We hope that all countries can stand in solidarity to fight against the virus, the common enemy of mankind.”