Baripada: India celebrated 73rd Independence Day on Thursday. However, this freedom was of little use for a man of Kuchei village under Kuliana police limits in Mayurbhanj.
His wife died of jaundice three years ago and her body is still lying in the bed as the family has reportedly been denied permission to perform her last rites at the village crematorium.
The reason: His father had an inter-caste marriage.
The villagers had imposed a fine on the deceased woman’s family after her father-in-law married a woman of a different caste. As they could not deposit the penalty amount, they were prohibited from performing last rites of the woman in the crematorium, sources said.