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The living dead: Declared deceased in govt records, it's a hard battle to prove they are alive

Can you imagine a situation where someone informs you that you are already dead... This may seem like a prank, but for many, it is the hard reality of life... And, they are struggling to prove to the world that they are still alive. In June 2021, a 55-year-old teacher, Chandrashekhar Desai, who recovered from Covid in August 2020, got a shock of his life when he received a call from Thane Municipal Corporation saying he has been declared dead by the civic body. Desai wants this error to be rectified at the earliest as it could lead to complications in his job and his life as well. While Chandrashekhar Desai's case is clearly the result of a clerical error, but thousands of others across India have fallen victim to scams by relatives who bribe officials to declare someone dead with an aim to grab property. Bihari suffered a great deal of mental trauma after he was declared dead. It took 18 years for him to prove in the courts that he was still alive. Lal Bihari says that there should be a simpler mechanism to get the situation rectified if one is wrongly declared dead by authorities.

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