Expats reclaim bodies or they’ll be buried in UAE: consulate

By Eudore R.Chand

DUBAI 21 June 2020: Over the past few weeks, the Consulate General of India in Dubai, has observed that due to the Covid-19 situation there have been delays on part of employers, sponsors and families in claiming mortal remains of Indian nationals from various mortuaries.

The consulate has been advised by local authorities that the mortal remains must be claimed expeditiously and their burial/cremation or repatriation completed. If mortal remains are not claimed and last rites completed within a short span of time, local laws permit authorities to perform the burial locally.

In death cases, the information first comes to employers, sponsors or family and friends of the deceased. In many cases the consulate has seen undue delay on the part of employers and sponsors in completing the local formalities or even giving the information about death to the consulate. Particularly in the Covid-19 situation this creates additional burden on mortuaries and government facilities, said  a consulate statement.

It appealed to all employers and sponsors to report death of any Indian national under their sponsorship immediately on the consulate’s Emergency Helpline No. +971-507347676 and take urgent steps to complete death related formalities for performing last rites locally or in India as per family’s authorization. Information related to death may also be sent via email on deathregistration.dubai@mea.gov.in.

“We also request family or friends of anyone who passes away to inform the consulate about the same and provide their authorization quickly. This is especially important in case of any unfortunate death due to Covid-19 wherein the last rites needs to be completed locally as per the directives of the Government of UAE. These steps are necessary to ensure dignified end to a departed soul,” said the statement.



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