First Muslim body donor in Assam
The Ellora Vigyan Mancha (EVM), is a voluntary organization, which is doing exemplary work in creating awareness about body and organ donation in Assam. Mr. Isfaqur Rahman, EVM's convener, is the husband of Ellora Roy Choudhary, who was the first woman from the north-east to have donated her body for medical research.
Mr. Rahman said, “In response to our campaign and movement, 431 people in Assam so far have pledged their eyes and bodies for transplantation or medical research. About 56 per cent of them are women. Till date we have handed over the bodies of 19 donors - 16 to the Guwahati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) authorities and three to the Assam Medical College in Dibrugarh.”
But on Sunday, 15th May 2011, EVM facilitated a “first of its kind” donation – it was a body donation by a person belonging to the Muslim community in Assam. Nizamuddin Khan, former Communist Party of India (Marxist) legislator, died of cancer and his family members donated his body to GMCH for medical research, as per his wishes. The formal handing over of Mr. Khan's body to the GMCH coincided with the eighth death anniversary of Ellora Roy Choudhury. Seven persons, including five women, pledged to donate their eyes and bodies on the occasion. They included noted Assamese novelist and Sahitya Akademi Award winner Nirupama Borgohain, vicepresident of the Assam unit of the All-India Democratic Women's Association (AIDWA) Rezina Khatun, and columnist and writer Tultul Barua.
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