How Post mortem workers are risking their lives everyday in
EVEN after eight years in the profession, the mental image of bodies, sometimes with limbs missing, gives goosebumps to a 29-year-old man working at a state-run mortuary in a central suburb. Expecting to become a sweeper in Mumbai, he had left farming in January 2008. However, he had finally joined a autopsy centre, earning a monthly salary of Rs 15,000 to cut and stitch the corpses. Seven years later, on January 1, 2015, he was diagnosed with TB, having picked up the infection while working on a TB patient’s body. On sick leave for over 15 months now, he now weighs 55 kilos, down from 74. Now, he fears death. “I’ve heard of other mortuary workers dying due to TB and HIV,” he says.
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