What is a death certificate? The dictionary meaning says it is an official statement of the cause, date, and place of a person's death that is signed by a medical practitioner and issued by hospitals, clinics or concerned authorities.
While the certificate may have the name, age, profession and other noteworthy details of the deceased person, it certainly can't have a 'bright future' message. That’s because there is no future for the dead and afterlife reading is something that is mostly seen in slapstick horror movies and cartoons.
This is why we find it difficult to explain what a village head in UP’s Unnao district was thinking when he issued a birth certificate with a ‘bright future’ message for the departed. Did such a thing actually happen? Yes. A picture of the handwritten death certificate has now been shared on social media.
The village head issued the certificate for an elderly man who had died last month in the Sirwariya village of Asoha block reported IANS.
Laxmi Shankar died after a prolonged illness on January 22. Following his death, his son went to the village head Babulal and requested him to quickly issue a death certificate that he needed for some financial transactions.
Babulal issued a hand-written certificate in Hindi and also affixed his seal on the paper. However, he also wished a 'bright future' for Laxmi Shankar. "Main inke ujjwal bhavishya ki kaamna karta hoon (I wish him a bright future)." the village head wrote in the death certificate.
The certificate quickly went viral on social media following which Babulal apologised for the error and issued a fresh death certificate.
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