LHC hears plea on identification of unclaimed bodies before burial

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LAHORE : A bench of the Lahore High Court (LHC) on Wednesday heard a petition with regard to burial of unclaimed dead bodies after identification.

The high court bench consists of Justice Sajid Mehmood Sethi directed Punjab’s Additional Chief Secretary to hold a meeting with the officials of National Database Registration Authority (NADRA) and other concerned departments and submit a detailed report about identification of the unclaimed dead bodies before their burial.

The bench said that the court has constituted a committee for identification of the unclaimed dead bodies. The committee will devise a mechanism to identify the unclaimed dead bodies.Earlier, the counsel of a petitioner told the court that the NADRA have a system which could help in identification of unclaimed dead bodies but no steps being taken to resolve the issue.

“Burial of a citizen without identification is violation of fundamental human rights,” the counsel argued.