People prematurely declared dead are uniting. In India, a party. of those buried alive has launched into battle.
Cases of people presumed dead while alive are regarded as incidents that are not only chilling but also infrequent. However, it turns out that the number of people buried alive continues to rise. Some are declared dead by doctors, others by officials. Such cases are particularly widespread in India. Therefore, in this great country a party has been formed to defend the rights of the “living dead.
The party is called the Mritak Sangh, or the Association of the Dead, and it has made a name for itself by running in local elections in the state of Uttar Pradesh. The Mritak Sangh has taken as its mission the fight to restore the rights of people who have been declared dead by unscrupulous relatives seizing their properties.
The party’s founder, 48-year-old Lal Bihari, became a member in 1976. declared dead, due to his uncle and corrupt officials. The uncle then appropriated Bihari’s property. It was only after much effort that Bihari was officially reinstated in 2004. According to the founder of the Mritak Sangh, his party does not need to win elections, instead it wants to draw public attention to the problem. According to Bihari, in the state of Uttar Pradesh alone there are as many as
40,000 “buried alive”
by officials – whether through mistake or malice.
The Mritak Sangh party may soon become an international, because the problem is not just in India. In the spring, a similar case was revealed in Germany.
59-year-old Wolfgang Bertl, an unemployed mechanic, discovered that he would not receive unemployment benefits because, according to officials, he was dead. Fortunately, it only took Bertl a few days to prove to the local employment office that he was not dead. To commemorate the incident, the German mechanic hung a framed letter on the wall of his apartment announcing his own death.
Carlos Camejo also has a similar memento – documents confirming the death and even performing an autopsy.
Camejo, 33, a resident of Caracas, Venezuela’s capital, was in a car accident in late September 2007. The man suffered a head injury, his face was cut, and he bled severely. He gave no signs of life. Police officers and emergency room medics
concluded that Carlos died at the scene.
The body was taken to the morgue and Carlos’ wife was called to identify it. Then pathologists began the autopsy. When the doctor stuck a scalpel into the man’s body, the man suddenly came to life.
– The pain was unbearable, Camejo told a Reuters reporter. – I woke up in the morgue and saw above me a terrified doctor with a knife in his hand.
Carlos was immediately transferred to the intensive care unit, where he quickly recovered. Doctors determined that as a result of his injuries, the man’s body was functioning in slow motion. His pulse and breathing were so infrequent that a cursory examination showed no signs of life. Only another shock – a scalpel thrust – restored vital functions.