Body donation: Small dusty village shows the way by donating 5th body in 2 years
Jodhpur(Barnala), November 6, 2008
If places turning out helpful for medical professionals in their research on dead bodies are counted, this dusty village will come out way ahead of others. This non-descript village has made a niche for itself for providing maximum bodies to medical institutes for research purposes. The fifth body from the village was donated to DMC, Ludhiana on Thursday. Ninety years Surjit Singh’s family won laurels by donating his body fulfilling the last wish. Interestingly three bodies out of five have turned out belonging to dera sacha sauda follower families.
Prior to Surjit singh former sarpanch Amarjit Singh, Maghar Singh, Dheera Singh and Ajmer Kaur’s bodies have been donated to medical institute. Former sarpanch Amarjit Singh’s body was donated on November 11, 2006, Maghar Singh’s on May 4, 2007, Dheera Singh’s on March 21, 2008 and that of Ajmer Kaur on August 5 this year.
Surjit Singh was participating in dera sacha sauda activities since about two decades and now his grand son is member of 7 member committee of dera. Surjit Singh till recent past was helping out the destitute, told Bhagidas(area in charge) Surinderpal. He had wished after duly filling the documents to donate his body only sometime back and fulfilling it his family members handed over the body to team of doctors from anatomy department of DMC.
Dr. Ajay Goyal reached the village to collect the body and praised the family members for taking a hard step of donating the body. Dr. Goyal said the Barnala area has shown the masses the ways to serve the humanity even after the death. He confirmed if body donation is taking the shape of a movement, the role of the area would be remembered for times to come.
The premi(dera follower) family members said they are more than satisfy to fulfill the wish of family head and help out the humanity. The dera sacha sauda followers had assembled in large numbers and thanked the family for the brave act.
Highly Religious, influential family sets trend by donating mother’s body
Movement picking up pace, especially in Malwa
Barnala, May 20
With an urge to serve the humanity in a better way the movement for body donation is picking up pace, especially in Malwa region. And women though much influenced by religious beliefs, too not want to lag behind and have started coming forward in willing to donate bodies. A new name was added in the rapidly increasing list of body donators on Monday when Kailash Devi’s body was donated to Dayanand medical college, Ludhiana. About 2 dozen bodies have been donated in about 20 months with DMC getting the biggest pie of 17 bodies. Kailash Devi became the third woman, whose body has been donated after village Raonta in Moga based Nirmal Kaur, and Sangrur’s Kaushalaya Devi.
And more importantly getting ahead the movement of body donation has come forward this time a highly religious and very influential family. The action of Aggarwal family has earned a lot of praise with the action of donating body instead of cremating. Deceased Kailash Devi(72) herself was a religious woman but at the end she prevailed upon the family to set a precedent for others to follow, said proud husband Badri Dass. Son Rajinder Singla was more candid and said though skipping religious ceremonies was very tough but the family took a stand to help out the medical fraternity in research purposes by donating the body. Enthused by this kind step of family some others including former principal Hardyal Singh Attri, Aggarwal sabha president Jhanda Ram came forward in pledging to donate bodies.
The movement had took shape from this small town when on September 18, 2006 Tarksheel society founder Megh Raj Mittar honouring the wish had donated his father Brij Lal’s body to DMC. And since then more than two dozen bodies have been donated with three bodies from a small village of Jodhpur in Barnala.
Dr. Ajay Goyal of DMC who had specially reached here to collect the body praised the family members for taking a hard step of donating the body. Dr. Goyal said the Barnala area has shown the masses, how to serve the humanity even after the death and if body donation is turning out as a movement the role of the area will be remembered for times to come.
Kaushalaya Devi becomes second woman to donate body
Movement is picking up in Malwa, with 20 bodies donated in more than a year
Sangrur, February 5, 2008
With the rising in awareness level, the movement for body donation is picking up pace, especially in Malwa region. Add now women though much influenced by religious beliefs, too have started coming forward in donating bodies. And a new name was added in the ever-increasing list of body donators on Tuesday when Kaushalaya Devi’s body was donated to Homeopathic medical college, Abohar. About 20 bodies have been donated in a year with Ludhiana based Dayanand medical college getting the biggest pie. Kaushalaya Devi became the second woman after village Raonta in Moga based Nirmal Kaur, her body was donated in November 2007.
After Nirmal Kaur, Kaushalaya ‘posthumously’ got the honours of being the second woman from the region who had pledged to donate body putting religious beliefs behind and sons fulfilled her wish. Kaushalaya(80) breathed her last on Tuesday morning and immediately her two sons Kewal Bansal and Suresh Bansal contacted scientific awareness and social welfare forum president Dr. AS Mann. Dr. Mann called upon Abohar based homeopathic medical college and a college team lead by principal Dr. Rajinder Girdhar collected the body in the afternoon. But in between her eyes too were donated to local eye donation society, to be put to two blind persons.
Kaushalaya’s sons said their mother had wished more than a year back to donate her body and after the insistence of Dr. Mann she had filled a form pledging for it and they have only fulfilled her desire.
Dr. Rajinder Girdhar of HMC opines all the body parts right from head to toes are of prime importance for the medical institutes. The students get to know more about the body through practical research.
The journey started from Brij Lal on September 18, 2006 is taking the shape of a movement for the betterment of society as after that 20 bodies have been donated.
And Tarksheel society is playing a significant role in making people aware about the use of dead bodies for the enrichment of medical science. With an aim to prevail upon people about the body donation, society has launched a campaign in hi tech way and a website www. tarksheel.com has been launched throwing all the relevant information regarding body donation.
The sudden rush for donating bodies has got the old saying ‘tera mass ni kise kamm aouna, pashuan de hadd vikde’(your flesh is of no use after demise whereas bones of animals gets a fair price) wrong.
Lal salaam to a comrade: 22 pledges to donate body, 20 to donate eyes, 80 donate blood
Body donation is turning out as a movement
Barnala, November 19
No tribute can emulate this. Have you ever heard of pledges for body and eye donation by more than 40 persons along with 80 donating blood at a single stroke, if not, it precisely was practiced at a nearby village. And the gesture becomes more special when it is being done to pay tributes to a deceased son of the soil.
It was the first death anniversary of village Jodhpur’s former sarpanch Amarjit Singh. On the day last year immediately after death his body was donated to Dayanand medical college, Ludhiana for research purposes. And this gesture was enough for the area people to pay him befitting tribute. True to their word hundreds people converged to remember Amarjit. And 122 persons turned out to pay tributes(Lal salaam) in true sense. 22 persons pledged to donate their bodies on demise, 20 others pledged to donate eyes and 80 persons donated blood.
Amarjit, a distinguished comrade of the area had started a new trend by pledging to donate his body and family members respecting his last wish had not objected to body donation. The area people had highly praised the gesture and had decided to pay him befitting tribute at an appropriate time, told Megh Raj Mittar, founder of Tarksheel society.
Megh Raj has earned accolades for making body donation a movement in the area after he donated the body of his father Brij Lal in September last year. After that DMC alone has received 13 bodies and Tarksheel society is acting as torchbearer to carry forward this movement.
Deceased Amarjit’s wife Parmjit Kaur could not have asked for more when while paying tributes to her husband many started announcing about their desire of toeing the footsteps of Amarjit by pledging to donate bodies, and figure reached to 22 in no time. If it was not more 20 others pledged to donate eyes and handed over their affidavits to medical representatives. A blood donation camp too was organized and 80 persons donated blood. Hundreds of persons from all walks of life and many politicians cutting across party lines paid floral tributes to Amarjit and thanked his wife to show the society a new ray of hope
Body donation gains momentum in Malwa, 12 bodies donated in a year
The trend was set by Brij Lal’s wish
Barnala, September 18, 2007
Even his death has ensured reward, priceless for medical science. And it is continuing inspiring many, on the deathbed to toe the line adopted by well before his last breathe. Brij Lal though had died exactly a year ago, but even after demise he had made a premier medical institute richer by 12 bodies for medical research.
After his demise on September 18, 2006 the family members respecting the last wish of Brij Lal had took courage and his body was donated to DMC medical college and hospital the same day. The donating of body was unheard off in the area as nobody ever had thought above cremating or burying the dead. But as Brij Lal, a comrade throughout his life commanded wide respect in the area, he continued to get same even after his death. And after his wish of donating body, the DMC alone got 11 more bodies and some other institutes too got some bodies for research purposes.
After Brij Lal, DMC got the body of Hamidi resident Kedar Nath Sharma on October 21. The very next month institute got body of Amarjit Singh, another comrade of village Jodhpur on November 11. In the same month Nirmal Kaur of village Raonta in Moga became the first woman to serve humanity after death, her body was received by DMC on November 21. DMC got the body of village Khialikalan resident Gurtej Singh on December 11. Then Handiaya resident Buti Ram’s family came forward in donating his body on March 2, 2007. Village Kamalpura resident Jagir Singh’s body was donated on April 14. Barnala’s village Jodhpur hogged limelight when second body from the village that of Maghar Singh landed at DMC on May 4. After that village Latala resident Ujjagar Singh’s body was donated on June 23. Bhucho in Bathinda resident Najar Singh’s body too landed at the institute on July 27. And more recently village Chananwal in Barnala resident Gurdial singh’s family came forward in donating his body and made the institute envy of many.
Brij Lal’s family has wide satisfaction seeing the body donation turning into a movement with this backward area becoming the torchbearer in this noble cause. Brij Lal’s son Megh Raj Mittar, fonder of rationalist movement says it is heartening to note people are getting inspired for body donation after the step taken by the family and it is like a true tribute to the departed soul on his first anniversary.
And DMC authorities corroborate it with institute’s department of Anatomy head Dr. poonam Singh saying the rising trend could go a long way in enriching the medical students in their research work. She said though in last 20 or so years institute had only one body in donation but after Brij Lal institute had got 12 bodies which is splendid in itself. Dr. Singh confirmed a body could be preserved for up to 100 years an d could enlighten in their research to generations.
Booti Ram family donates his body to further the body donation movement
Handiaya, March 2, 2007
Carrying forward the movement taking shape in whole of the state after taking birth in Malwa hinterland, a poor family of this tiny village has donated the body of their beloved elder. Booti Ram’s family respecting the desires expressed by the ailing elder on Friday evening handed over the body to a team of DMC, Ludhiana. The villagers had no words to praise this humanitarian act and everybody along with sharing the grief had a pat on the back of family members.
Booti Ram(72) was not feeling well since some time. Inspired by the donating of body by his contemporaries in the recent past, Booti Ram too had desired his body be donated for research purposes to a medical college & hospital. Not only believing in plain words he had willed to be donated to renowned hospital on February 23, anticipating his end near. Booti Ram having two sons had desired he be used by researchers after his death. And respecting his sentiments getting it as the last wish his son Harinder Pal and Shivinder called up the Anatomy department of DMC, Ludhiana.
A team of the medical institute lead by Dr. Gursharan Singh reached the village and took the body amidst many admirers and well wishers. The team members apprised the villagers about the benefits of the body to the institute and asked people to further promote the movement of body donation, as the body is used for the welfare of mankind. The research sheds light on the cure of many ailments, functioning of many parts thus beneficial for mankind, told Dr. Gursharan.
Donating body getting more takers, now a Mansa villager’s comes forward
Khiala(Mansa), December 11
Leaving behind the rituals associated with death since centuries, donating bodies are getting more takers. It is taking shape of a movement and after passing through Barnala and Moga now has reached Mansa too. A total of five bodies including that of a woman has been donated in only less than three months. And biggest beneficiary has come out DMC hospital, Ludhiana getting all these bodies for research purposes.
Gurtej Singh(70) inspired by the movement had desired his body be donated after his death and on Monday his family members well kept his last desire by donating body. A DMC team received the body in the afternoon in the presence of hundreds of villagers.
Gurtej Singh was influenced by inquilabi(revolutionary) ideology, he was a sympathizer of farmer struggles. He had desired to his family members no rituals be performed and his body be donated to any medical college, hospital.
Gurtej has six daughters, all are married. Nobody including Gurtej’s wife Mukhtiar Kaur objected to body being donated rather they contacted the team of DMC to get the body. And team lead by Dr. Ajay Goyal reached all the way to receive the body. Dr. Goyal apprised all present the benefits to medical students of the bodies donated.
Brij Lal of Barnala had laid the foundation by making a will writing his body be donated and his family members had started a new trend of supreme donation on September 18 upon Brij Lal’s death. Thereafter Pt. Kedar Nath of Mehalkalan, comrade Amarjit Singh Jodhpur(Barnala), Nirmal Kaur of village Raonta(Moga) pushed the cause as their family members came forward to respect their wishes of donating bodies.
Tarksheel society is doing a bit lot making people aware about the benefits of the bodies to medical fraternity. Apart from a website named www. tarksheel.com, a magazine vigyan jot is also shedding light on the subject.
Nirmal Kaur ’posthmously’ got the laurels of becoming first woman from region by donating body
Donating body is taking the shape of a movement
Raonta(Moga), November 22, 2006
She ‘posthumously’ got the honours of being the first woman from the region who had donated body. After three men from Barnala area this sleepy village of Moga too got laurels for contributing its bit in the most noble cause after Nirmal Kaur became the fourth person donating body in just 2 months. The journey started from Brij Lal on September 18 is taking the shape of a movement for the betterment of society. After comrade Brij Lal, Pandit Kedar Nath, comrade Amarjit Singh it came out Nirmal Kaur(67) and a lot more are waiting in the wings. Donating blood and eyes is very much prevalent, donating whole of body after demise was unheard of till recently but slowly Malwa is getting a reckoning for this supreme donation. About a dozen more have pledged to donate their bodies from around Barnala only. And Tarksheel society is playing a significant role in making people aware about the use of dead bodies for the enrichment of medical science. The sudden rush for donating bodies has come out wrong the old proverb ‘tera mass ni kise kamm aouna, pashua de hadd vikde’( your flesh is of no use after demise whereas bones of animals gets a fair price).
Nirmal Kaur, a house wife had breathed her last on Tuesday afternoon and his husband Teja Singh, retired Block primary education officer and writer called up Megh Raj Mitter, a force behind making people aware about the movement who subsequently called up DMC doctors. A team of DMC came calling in the evening and got the body to be used for research purposes. Before handing over the body, the last journey of Nirmal Kaur started for cremation grounds as usual but there it was handed over to the team, much to the amusement of people coming along. Nirmal Kaur’s son Rajwinder Raonta said his mother had desired for her body to be donated and they have only fulfilled her wish. He said the family got inspiration after getting to know the donation of body by Brij Lal.
About 10 days back the family members of Comrade Amarjit singh residing in village Cheema Jodhpur too had donated his body to DMC.
Dr. Ajay Goyal of the DMC anatomy department opines all the body parts right from head to toes are of prime importance for the institute. The students get to know more about the body through practical research.
With an aim to prevail upon people about the body donation Tarksheel society headed by Megh Raj Mittar has launched a campaign in a hi tech way. He has decided to use website www. tarksheel.com to throw all the information regarding this. Even a magazine published by society is devoting space on the issue. And soon area can lead others in donating bodies.