Malé City Council has today passed a motion preventing the removal of dead bodies from Galolhu mortuary without full payment of the relevant fees, local media has reported.
Explaining that unpaid mortuary fees now MVR500,000, council member Hassan Afeef told Haveeru that fees for mortuary services would be raised in order to raise funds.
While previous costs were MVR1000 per day for everyone, the cost for foreigners will now be MVR1,500 and MVR750 for locals, reported the paper. Fees for foreigners on tourist visas will now be MVR3,084.
A 22 year-old Maldivian studying in Trivandrum, India hanged himself in his room on Wednesday, October 19.
Another Maldivian residing in Trivandrum reported that the young man had been “seen having fun” earlier that day, Haveeru reports.
The individual told Haveeru that the suicide was triggered by a relationship issue, noting that the young man been found dead with a phone in his hand.
The young man was studying for a diploma in Airport Management, and was planning to visit Male’ in November. His body has been transferred to a mortuary for examination.