Kotturu Sirisha, 26, sub-inspector at Srikakulam district, Kasibugga police station in Andhra Pradesh got a call from villagers of Adivikotturu on the morning of 1 February that an unidentified body lay on the village outskirts.
“My staff and I went to the place and saw the body of an elderly male, who was later identified as a 75-year-old beggar. We tried to ask the villagers for help to lift the body but no one was willing to help because they thought he died of COVID-19 or belonged to some other caste,” recalls Sirisha.
The incident which occurred on a fateful Monday took the internet by storm as a female inspector assisted in the carrying of a dead body when no one else wanted to get their hands dirty.
“On humanitarian grounds, I tried lifting the body alone at first,” she tells The Better India.
The only other person who was willing to help her was Chinni Krishna, 53, who runs Lalitha Charitable Trust where…