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Man denied funeral despite having being cured of leprosy 15 years ago
India might soon be a leprosy free country, but it is still not free of the taboo it has become and the stigma attached with it.

A leprosy patient, who had been cured of the disease, was denied cremation by his villagers for having been affected with the disease at one point of time.

The man has been identified as Jayanarayan Sahu, a resident of Basudebpali village in Odisha.

What is even more shocking is that Sahu's case was not a recent one, as he had been cured of leprosy more than 15 years ago. 

And the stigma did not come out only when he died. Reportedly, Sahu was compelled to isolate himself from the society because of the social stigma attached to leprosy. And not only Sahu, his whole family had to bear the brunt of the social stigma attached with the disease that he was suffering from. He reportedly lived with his wife, his son, his daughter-in-law and his daughter. 

As per reports, his family informed his relatives and villagers of Sahu's death but no one turned up for the cremation. Later, his family took him to the cremation ground and cremated his body. His daughter, son and son-in-law carried the body on tenor shoulders to the cremation ground. 

This incident shows how uninformed we Indians are. Despite leprosy being easily curable and the government even providing free treatment for it in government hospitals, people still associate it with evil and bad omens resulting in social boycott of the patient. 

The son of the deceased said that even though the village Sarpanch provided them with Rs 2000 for the funeral, they could not even manage to gather four people together to carry the body.

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