Tul Bahadur Gharti
Tul Bahadur Gharti
"It feels like they burned my husband in oil"
Tul Bahadur Gharti from Nepal died on the night of May 28, 2020, at the age of 34. His death certificate issued by the Qatari authorities states that his death was due to "acute heart failure due to natural causes". "He never complained of any symptoms. I have a hard time believing that he would just die," Ms Bipana told Amnesty International. She wanted his body to be autopsied, but was told by his neighbors in Qatar that it would not be possible to determine the cause of death. "We had no children of our own and it feels as if they set my husband on fire and as if I am burning in oil".
Told to the journalistic platform Blankspot
Tul Bahadur Gharti died the night of May 28, 2020. He was 34 years old. It says, “acute heart failure based on natural causes” on his death certificate, produced by Qatari authorities.
His wife, Bipana, told Amnesty International that her husband was healthy and they spoke on the phone every day. In their last conversation they said, “talk tomorrow” like they always did. No phone call came the following day and Bipana started getting worried. When someone finally called, it was Tul Bahadur Gharti’s boss. He told her he had died in his sleep.
“He never complained about any symptoms and I find it hard to believe that he would just die,” Bipana told Amnesty International.
She wanted an autopsy to be performed, but some neighbors in Qatar told her they wouldn’t be able to verify the exact cause of death.
Bipana received $5,753 from the Nepali government after her husband died, and $850 from the employer. A private insurance yielded a premium of $8,300.
The widow lives with her mother-in-law and her dead husband’s younger brothers.
“To be alone is hard,” she says. “We didn’t have any children of our own and it feels like they burned my husband in oil and that I am now burning too.”
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