November 25, 2020/Kathmandu-
Sapana Roka Magar, a crematorium technician who has been conducting final rites of unclaimed bodies in the capital city, has been listed in this year’s BBC 100 Women.
The innocent looking 18-year-old teenager from Myagdi district had been in media for her unusual task since some time now.
Nagar has been highly praised for her work at such a tender age and drew mass attention.
Magar has been actively involved in finding unclaimed bodies of the deceased and carrying out their last rites.
“There are so many unidentified bodies found on the streets, it’s not that all are homeless. It’s a big mystery how they land up there. I feel sorry for them and at least they deserve a better final rites,” she told the walker online.
“I get peace of mind upon doing this work,” she added.
She has cremated more than 35 bodies so far and is seen performing the task barefoot.
People are shocked to see the child performing such a serious task often at Pashupati Aryaghat.
She has crossed the prejudices that limit the gender roles of women and deemed to be tender.
Sapana’s organisation has been involved in the task of managing final rites for the unidentified bodies.
The bodies are handed over to such organisations if the relatives fail to claim them within 35 days.