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Muslim COVID-19 victim denied burial at cemetery, last rites performed at Hindu crematorium


Amar Ashok Jajoo | Apr 3, 2020 20:04

The last rites of a COVID-19 positive Muslim man from Mumbai’s Malad were performed at a Hindu crematorium after he was denied a burial at a cemetery.
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The last rites of a 65-year-old COVID-19 positive Muslim man from Mumbai’s Malad were performed at a Hindu crematorium on Wednesday after he was denied a burial at a cemetery. The family members of the deceased have alleged that trustees of the cemetery denied permission to bury the man’s body there.

The patient died a government-run hospital in Jogeshwari East on Wednesday. A family member of the man alleged that after the man’s death when his body was taken to Malad Malwani Kabtrastan, the cemetery trustees denied the burial because the man dies of coronavirus.

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The local police and a politician also reportedly intervened but the trustees of the cemetery did not budge. Ultimately, with the help of some social workers, the man was cremated at a Hindu Crematorium on Thursday.

Aslam Shaikh, MLA from Malwani, told PTI: “As per the government guidelines, Muslim COVID-19 victims should be buried at a cemetery, which is closest to the place where the patient died.” While man was from Malad, he died in Jogeshwari hospital.