Coimbatore: Shantakumar, a flowerseller in Coimbatore, has made it his mission to offer a dignified funeral to those who no one cares for. Like in most cities, in Coimbatore too, the mortuary at the general hospital was becoming a store house for many unclaimed bodies, until one day, Shantakumar landed on their doorstep.
Said Shantakumar, "One day, when we went to the government hospital, we felt a bad smell emanating from the postmortem room. When we enquired, they told us that there are many unclaimed bodies."
The cooperation usually takes these unclaimed bodies and puts them in bullock carts like waste. They carry all the bodies together and dig one single pit and bury them all together in a dumping ground.
The experience shook Shantakumar. The flower contractor, who provided flowers for occasions such as weddings, felt that death too needed to be nothing less than a celebration....more
08:59 AM, Mar 14, 2012