Sri Lanka changed decision to burn dead bodies of covid dead Muslims, said - difficult to implement immediately
Colombo : In Sri Lanka it will take some time for the implementation of the decision to compulsorily cremate Muslims who died of Kovid-19 and the decision to bury the dead as the necessary guidelines have not yet been issued in this regard. . A senior health department official gave this information on Saturday.
Amidst the criticism internationally, the Sri Lankan government has made changes to the mandate to essentially burn the bodies of those who died of Kovid-19. By this order, people belonging to minority communities including Muslims were being deprived of their religious rights. In a gazetted notification issued in April last year, the government made the changes on Thursday. According to the new notification both cremation and burial may be performed.
For the last 10 months, the Muslim and Christian minorities and international groups of the country essentially forced the government to end the cremation policy. Asela Gunawardena, senior health department official, said, "It will take some time as the guidelines on many sides are yet to be decided and issued." The Sri Lankan government, citing health reasons, made it mandatory to cremate the bodies of those who died of Kovid-19 instead of burying them.