Sri Lanka ends forced cremations after Imran Khan’s visit

Sri Lanka ends forced cremations after Imran Khan’s visit
Sri Lanka ends forced cremations after Imran Khan’s visit

Hello and welcome to the details of Sri Lanka ends forced cremations after Imran Khan’s visit and now with the details

Nevin Al Sukari - Sana'a - In this file photo taken December 31, 2020 a policeman stands guard as protesters hold placards during a demonstration against the government policy of forced cremations of Muslims who died of Covid-19, outside a cemetery in Colombo. — AFP pic

Subscribe to our Telegram channel for the latest updates on news you need to know.

COLOMBO, Feb 26 — Sri Lanka today ended forced cremations of people who have died of coronavirus, after visiting Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan urged Colombo to respect the funeral rites of the island’s minority Muslims.

The government first banned burials in April over concerns — which experts said were baseless — by influential Buddhist monks that the practice could contaminate groundwater and spread the virus.

The policy was decried by members of the South Asian nation’s Muslim community who constitute 10 per cent of the 21 million population.

While health minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi did not give a reason in her announcement reversing the ban, official sources said Khan had raised the subject with both President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa during his trip earlier this week.

Dozens of demonstrators had used Khan’s visit as an opportunity to call attention to the Sri Lankan government’s disregard for Islamic burial customs and carried a mock coffin.

In response to the policy change, Khan thanked his Sri Lankan counterparts.

“I... welcome the Sri Lankan govt’s official notification allowing the burial option for those dying of Covid 19,” he said on Twitter.

The 57-member Organisation of Islamic Cooperation had also raised the forced cremation policy at the United Nations in Geneva this week.

Traditionally, Muslims bury their dead facing Mecca. Sri Lanka’s majority Buddhists, who are strong backers of the current government, are typically cremated, as are Hindus.

In December, authorities ordered the cremation of at least 19 Muslim Covid-19 victims, including a baby, after their families refused to claim the bodies from a hospital morgue.

Muslim community leaders say more than half the country’s 459 Covid-19 victims were from the Muslim minority.

They attribute the disproportionate number of fatalities to a fear of seeking treatment, and in particular, to the fear of being cremated should they die of the disease. — AFP

These were the details of the news Sri Lanka ends forced cremations after Imran Khan’s visit for this day. We hope that we have succeeded by giving you the full details and information. To follow all our news, you can subscribe to the alerts system or to one of our different systems to provide you with all that is new.

It is also worth noting that the original news has been published and is available at Malay Mail and the editorial team at AlKhaleej Today has confirmed it and it has been modified, and it may have been completely transferred or quoted from it and you can read and follow this news from its main source.

PREV Countries with regulations against industrial trans fats tripled in a year
NEXT ‘I told her I was 14’: Ghislaine Maxwell’s third accuser testifies at trial