Colombo: In Sri Lanka, it may take some time for the implementation of the decision to compulsorily mandate the cremation of Muslims who died of coronavirus and the decision to bury the dead, as the necessary guidelines have not yet been issued in this regard. A senior Health Ministry official gave this information on Saturday.
In the midst of condemnation at the international level, the Sri Lankan government has changed the order to compulsorily burn the bodies of those who died of corona. 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 change 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. Senior Health Ministry official Asela Gunawardena said, 'It will take some time because the guidelines on many aspects 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 the coronavirus, rather than bury them.