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Updated January 31st, 2024 at 08:01 IST

Haryana Upholds Honourable Disposal of Dead Body: Protesting with Dead Bodies to be Crime in State

The proposed legislation also emphasises the responsibility of public authorities when family members disown a body, leading to denial of proper last rites

Reported by: Digital Desk
The Haryana Cabinet approved the Haryana Honourable Disposal of Dead Body Bill, 2024
The Haryana Cabinet approved the Haryana Honourable Disposal of Dead Body Bill, 2024 | Image:PTI
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Chandigarh: Under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, the Haryana cabinet on Tuesday approved a draft bill which seeks to prohibit any protest with the body of a dead person. The Haryana Honourable Disposal of Dead Body Bill 2024 seeks to ensure the dignity of the dead, according to an official statement.

"This landmark bill aims to ensure decent and timely last rites of the dead," the Cabinet said.

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"In consideration of the respect and dignity owed to a dead person, nobody should be allowed to raise any demand or bait for pursuing any demands by way of any protest or agitation by not performing the timely last rites of a dead body. It is essential to prevent any individual from using a body as a means of protest or demonstration in any form," it said.

The proposed legislation also emphasises the responsibility of public authorities in cases where family members disown a body, leading to denial of proper last rites.

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"In such instances, the public authority is mandated to step in and ensure the dignified and timely conclusion of the last rites for the dead person," according to the draft bill.

"It is pertinent to note that the entitlement to dignity and fair treatment, in accordance with Article 21 of the Constitution of India, extends beyond the living to include the body after death," the statement said.

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The state cabinet also approved another draft bill -- the Haryana Registration and Regulation of Travel Agents Bill, 2024 -- to check unscrupulous travel agents, who cheat innocent people wanting to move abroad.

"In view of the disturbing trend of individuals, particularly from the states of Punjab and Haryana, being deceived by unscrupulous travel agents engaged in fraudulent activities related to immigration, this initiative has been taken," the statement said.

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The draft bill mandates that no person can undertake the profession of a travel agent without obtaining a registration certificate under the Act.

The competent authority can cancel a registration certificate for various reasons such as criminal activities and violation of terms, it said.

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A cancelled registration will debar the travel agent from the profession for a prescribed period.

Individuals involved in human trafficking or forging documents may face imprisonment up to 10 years and a fine ranging from Rs 2 to 5 lakh.

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"The Haryana government is committed to protecting its citizens from falling victim to illegal immigration scams. The proposed legislation reflects a proactive approach to regulate travel agents, ensuring transparency, legality, and accountability in immigration-related services," the statement read.

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Published January 31st, 2024 at 08:01 IST

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