Air India

Repatriation of Corpses: HC Stays Airport’s Circular

Kochi: The Kerala High Court (HC) today stayed the controversial circular issued by the Karipur airport officials regarding the time frame for the advance intimation prior to the repatriation of dead bodies from foreign countries. As per the new circular, which has been approved by the HC, intimation can be given to the airports in the State 12 hours prior to the repatriation of the bodies.

Earlier, it was suggested in the circular that airports should be informed 48 hours in advance before the departure and an approval should be obtained within this time frame.

Meanwhile, staying the order, the court observed that a decent burial is a constitutional right of a person. The HC stayed the circular on a petition filed against the circular by a Keralite expatriate in Abu Dhabi.

The old circular stated that before bringing the corpse to the airport, documents like death certificate, embalming certificate, passport copy and the NOC from Indian Embassy should be submitted to the airport before 48 hours.

The order drew flak from various quarters and sending dead bodies from Sharjah was stopped following the order.