Cop POSTPONES DAUGHTER’S WEDDING to Help in Cremations

Cop POSTPONES DAUGHTER’S WEDDING to Help in Cremations

Cop POSTPONES DAUGHTER’S WEDDING to Help in Cremations
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A police officer in New Delhi postponed his daughter’s wedding so he can perform his COVID-19 duty to assist in cremations.

Rakesh Kumar, Assistant Sub-Inspector of Delhi Police, already performed last rites to more than 50 bodies; he also assisted in the cremation of at least 1,100 bodies who died in the virus.

Reports said Mr. Kumar even postponed his daughter’s wedding last May 7 as he doesn’t want to leave his post at Hazrat Nizamuddin police station. Meanwhile, he’s been deployed at the Lodhi crematorium since April 13.

A video of him went viral where he carries a dead body on a stretcher from an ambulance. He then brings the body to the cremation ground to perform the last rituals.

In an interview with the Indian Express, the hero police said he’s been serving as an officer for 26 years; since the dramatic surge of COVID-19 in the country, he reports more than 12 hours a day at the ground.

“The ambulances put the bodies outside the ground and leave. We have to help them. I have helped children cremate their parents and grandparents,” the father-of-three said. 

“The second wave is bad. I remember helping a teenager perform the last rites of his father; that pain and suffering can’t be explained.”

Cop POSTPONES DAUGHTER’S WEDDING to Help in Cremations
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His video went viral instantly in the country with netizens commending his heroism. They call him “a hero in uniform.”