Paying off the dead

January 8, 2006

For those who have been following the Moorthy case, you would have known the latest twist in the saga.

For those who don’t, lemme try to give a very short summary:

He was one of those on the Everest climb. Apparently he became a Muslim and never told his family about it. They found out when he passed away. Now this is where is gets screwy. The Islamic Dept (can’t be bothered to look for the proper name now) goes and gets an injunction to bury the husband as a Muslim, ignoring the wife totally. Wife tries to stop them, but the civil courts says that they can’t judge it because it’s a religious matter, so guess who gets the body?

Last week, they promoted the guy posthumously and his wife was given the backpay along with his pension. Am I the only one who smells a rat here?

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