Hyderabad: Hyderabad is seeing a new trend in door delivery services, this one forced by the Covid-19 pandemic, and one which most would wish to avoid.
Shops selling funeral material have started offering door delivery of articles used for shrouding the body and those used during the burial. A phone call is enough from the family of the departed person to the ‘kafan shops’ which usually go by the name ‘anjuman’ – meaning societies, and the shop owners rush a funeral article set, comprising around 13 articles, to the house.
“We took the decision following instances wherein Covid-19 affected families unknowingly came out of the house for purchasing funeral items. Later, they came to know that the departed person was Covid-19 positive. To avoid trouble, we started door delivery,” said Maollim Sayeed Bin Omer Al Kaseri, who runs a ‘kafan shop’ Anjuman Faiz ul Muslimeen at Shahalibanda. The shop is open round-the-clock and is one of the oldest shops in the city.
Due to the lockdown, there is a significant increase in the prices of articles used during funerals. “Apart from the white cotton cloth, rose water, sandalwood powder, another 10 items are used. Due to the lockdown, the prices increased by around 30 per cent,” said Omer Bin Mohammed of Anjuman Khadimul Muslimeen located at Kalapather, adding that if the present situation continued, the prices would rise further.
A complete set of funeral articles starts from Rs 2,500 and can go up to Rs 8,000. There are around 20 shops selling funeral material in the city. Also the pandemic outbreak has forced the ‘ghasal’ or ‘ghasalla’ (a male or female who cleanses the dead body) to take all safety measures. They are now demanding a PPE kit from the family and enquiring about the cause of death before taking up the job.
“The ‘ghasal’ during regular times used to charge Rs 600 for the service. Now they are demanding Rs 1,000,” said another ‘kafan shop’ owner. There are around 100 ‘ghasal’ in the city.
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