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Sunday, August 09, 2009 12:20:50 PM, Agencies

Shillong (Meghalaya): In the first ever ''human cadaver'' donation in Meghalaya, renowned artist Moinul Haque Barbhuiya donated his body to North East Indira Gandhi Regional Institute of Health and Medical Sciences (NEIGRIHMS) before breathing his last at his residence here.


''It is the first such donation in Meghalaya and I hope many others would be inspired to emulate Barbhuiya's noble example,'' Dean of NEIGRIHMS, Dr P Bhattacharyya said.


Moinul Haque Barbhuiya, 57, died of cancer August 5 at his Nehu campus residence at Mawlai . The gesture, however, was not free from controversy with one of Barbhuiya’s sisters demanding that the body be buried according to Muslim tradition.


Dean of NEIGRIMS, P. Bhattacharyya said that one of his sisters today came to the institute and wanted to take the body back.


“But as the teacher’s wife and daughter had given their consent in writing to donate his body as the teacher had wished, we had kept the body at the institute. But we will consult legal experts,” Bhattacharyya said.


In the medical institutes of India in general and those of the North-East in particular, there is a great shortage of human cadavers which are needed by the Anatomy Department of Medical Education for dissection purposes.


With Barbhuiya's noble example, Dr Bhattacharyya said more people should be encouraged to donate their organs or bodies to save others and to be of some help to mankind.

''He was committed to donate to the NEIGRIMS and his noble gesture was in the interest of the mankind,'' Barbhuiya's wife Prof Geeta Das said.

''Barbhuiya is a Muslim by faith, yet he did not allow his creed to overcome his personal mission to serve society even after his death,'' Prof BS Mipun, a close friend of Barbhuiya, stated.





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