Hindu or Muslim, there is Vishnu Gurjar for everyone who has left the world behind.
The 27-year-old Vishnu Gurjar had never been to a graveyard before the coronavirus outbreak. But now, the mortuary staff at Jaipur 's SMS Hospital is making daily trips to both cremation grounds and graveyards, assisting with the Hindus and Muslims funerals.
He dealt with the dead at the hospital before the outbreak, shifting bodies and helping in the post mortem period. Now, his job is to accompany them to funeral.
"I've never been to a graveyard in my whole life. I was not aware of Islamic rituals at the last rites,” he says. And he was afraid of the graveyards too, he admits.
In his government-run hospital — Pankaj, Manish, Mangal, Arjun and Surah, he named 5 other members of his party of mortuary staff. All are forced to participate in funerals because families often need a helping hand in the lock-down.
They are reluctant in some cases to touch the dead for fear of the virus.
So he and his team step in. So Vishnu and his team. He says, "Jiska nahin, uska Vishnu hai," is there for someone who has nobody else.
Since the outbreak, all bodies taken from Sawai Man Singh Hospital, where Gurjar is employed in Jaipur, have been killed by 63 COVID-19. This involved a trip to the tomb in 36 cases, and to the cremation ghat in other cases.