Minara Begum, 52, wife of Nur Islam, a day laborer from Gabarboyali village in Tarundia union of Ishwarganj upazila of Mymensingh, was admitted to Mymensingh Medical College Hospital two days ago after suffering a heart attack. He later died on Monday while undergoing treatment. His two daughters Sumi (12) and Suraiya (18) were with him at the time. Kulkinara could not find out how to take home the bodies of the two girls who lost their way in the death of their mother.
I can’t take my mother’s body home, the volunteers stood by
The two sisters did not have the money or ability to pay the price that the gang of brokers in the hospital area was saying to deliver the body to the house. There was no solution even by running here and there. On this occasion, the brokers threatened to take the body to the crematorium and burn it if they did not pay. In this situation, two sisters started crying in front of their mother’s body on the verandah of the hospital. The volunteer organization HelpPlus Mymensingh team came to know about this problem on Monday night. Later, they were financed and the volunteers arrived at the village home in the middle of the night.
Upon receiving the news, the volunteers rushed to the hospital and other members tried to raise money and rent a car. At that time, a teacher of the Botany Department of Anand Mohan College paid the money on condition of anonymity.
The incident has touched the hearts of many people on social media Facebook. Ali Yusuf, an adviser to the HelpPlus Mymensingh team, told Prothom Alo that they rushed to the hospital after receiving the news and other members kept trying to raise money and rent a car. At that time, a teacher of the Botany Department of Anand Mohan College paid the money on condition of anonymity. The members of the helpplus team rented a car with that money and left with the body at night.
Shafiqul Islam, uncle of the two helpless sisters, told Prothom Alo that his nephews reported the death on their mobile phones and demanded Rs 4,000 from the brokers to deliver their mother’s body. Later, when he spoke to one of the brokers on his mobile phone, they threatened to take the body to the crematorium if they did not pay. In such a situation, on the advice of an acquaintance, HelpPlus informed the Mymensingh team and on the basis of that news, the members of HelpPlus took Bhabir’s body and two nieces home by ambulance.
The HelpPlus organization is only three years old. Alok Sarkar, vice-president of the organization, said they mainly work with anonymous people. These include burying unclaimed bodies, providing assistance to street children, transporting elderly people lying on the streets to old age homes, and delivering unnamed or mentally unbalanced people to their homes. Apart from this, this organization of Mymensingh has been playing a role in voluntary work such as burial of dead people affected by corona, blood donation, prevention of child marriage, creating social awareness, prevention of spread of corona etc.
Safran Ahmed, a member of the HelpPlus Mymensingh team, said, “The two sisters could not take their mother’s body home as they did not have money to rent a car. We rushed to the hospital and hired an ambulance to take them home at night.”