Tuesday, August 01, 2017

PIL challenges Air India's 48-hour rule on dead body, says it is disrespectful to the dead

New Delhi: Air India's decision to enforce a 63-year-old rule mandating 48-hour advance notice to the airport health officer about the arrival of dead body or ashes was challenged in the Delhi High Court on Monday.
As per the rule 43 of Aircraft (Public health) Rules, 1954, Air India made it mandatory that the consignee as well as the air transport service shall give to the health officer of the airport advance intimation of at least 48 hours, of the importation of the dead body or remains or ashes.
The PIL was filed by Pravasi Legal Cell, an NGO through advocate Jose Abraham which claimed that the rule had been causing trouble to families of the dead. It told the court that if the rule is kept in operation, it would lead to the denial of rights of both the deceased as well as the deceased's family. It said that it was unnecessarily delaying the repatriation of the dead body by another extra 48 hours. The NGO said though the Rule 43 was in existence in the Aircraft (Public health) Rules, 1954 since inception, the same was given effect to only very recently. In July, Air India notified and started immediate implementation of the Rule 43 by which now it is mandatory that the consignee as well as the air transport service shall give to the Health Officer of the airport of arrival advance intimation of at least 48 hours, of the importation of the dead body or human remains or ashes of cremated bodies.
01/08/17 Sneha Agarwal/India Today

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