Forced cremations of Muslim coronavirus victims suspended

cremationBy Indika Sri Aravinda and Vyshnavy Velrajh

The forced cremations of Muslim coronavirus victims have been suspended, Public Health Inspectors said.

The Colombo Municipal Council (CMC) has been instructed to temporarily suspended the cremation of unclaimed bodies of coronavirus victims.

Public Health Inspectors Association Secretary M. Baalasooriya told Colombo Gazette the bodies of mostly Muslim Covid victims remain at the mortuary at present.

Sources told Colombo Gazette there are nine unclaimed bodies at the mortuary as of today (Monday).

Baalasooriya said the CMC had been advised to suspend the cremation of unclaimed Covid infected bodies following a recent request made by Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa to address issues raised in this regard.

The Prime Minister had requested health experts to look for a dry land consisting of low water levels that could be used for the burial of Muslim Covid victims in Sri Lanka.

Baalasooriya said as a result, the CMC has been instructed to halt cremations until health experts provide a feedback to the Prime Minister and a final decision is taken on the matter.

The Muslim community in Sri Lanka had raised concerns over the Government’s decision to cremate the bodies of Muslim Covid victims, as it goes against their beliefs.

From among 20 unclaimed Covid infected bodies, the CMC has cremated nearly 11 bodies so far without the consent of family members or relatives, while around nine unclaimed bodies remain and are yet to be cremated.

The Health Ministry is to propose concrete graves to end the forced cremation of Muslim coronavirus victims.

Deputy Director General of Health Services Dr. Hemantha Herath had told Colombo Gazette earlier the proposal will be made at the next meeting by the expert committee appointed to address the issue.

He said that suitable dry land will be looked at to make concrete graves to bury the remains of Muslim coronavirus victims.

Dr. Hemantha Herath said that he feels the forced cremation issue will be resolved soon. (Colombo Gazette)


  1. If water is the problem in burying, what happens to all the water used by the actual Covid patients to wash themselves, gargle, etc ( more than 20,000 patients) – Are these collected and destroyed? – in fact the dead don’t do any of this washing or cough out.
    Stupid, unscientific reasons for cremating.

  2. Well said, Mr. Jeffrey! Sri Lanka sadly is the only country in the world causing so much upheaval making it a burning issue! Shame on the polticians….

  3. What goes around will definitely come around and hit you harder than you can imagine. For the Muslim parliamentarians who are giving into the Governments stupidly of cremation of the bodies of the muslims, will have to answer to Almighty Allah. And for the rest of you who call your selves Buddhists… no you are not. Buddha did not preach the dharma to oppress fellow citizens or to disrespect a dead body. And to cause agony on the families of the deceased. Shame on you Sri Lanka.

  4. Why such a big fuss. The rest of the world is burying without this drama in SL How foolish is the SL administration. Mr. Ali Sabry You are the Muslims voice in parliment. Wonder if you are hard of hearing the cries of Muslims or dumb.
    Open the Google to see the respectful burial of muslim covid victims bodies in Indonesia Malaysia Pakistan and even in the western countries.
    This is nothing but an EVIL satisfaction of hatred

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