By Easwaran Rutnam
A major protest was staged near the Borella Cemetery today against the forced cremation of coronavirus infected Muslims.
Opposition Leader Sajith Premadasa, other members of the opposition, and several others attended the protest.
The protesters lined up near the entrance of the Borella Cemetery and staged the peaceful protest.
Placards were held during the protest strongly objecting to the forced cremations.
Muslims are protesting the Government’s decision to cremate the bodies of coronavirus victims despite the World Health Organisation (WHO) approving burials.
Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa had recently instructed the authorities to find suitable land to bury coronavirus victims.
He gave the instructions following talks held with the Health Ministry, officials and a group of Muslim Parliamentarians.
At the meeting, the Prime Minister instructed the authorities to find dry land to bury the victims in line with the advise of health experts.
According to the Prime Minister’s Office, health experts had said that the virus will remain in the dead body of an infected person for 36 days.
However, despite the discussion held with the Prime Minister, forced cremations had resumed after being temporarily suspended.
The Health Ministry had, meanwhile, propose the construction of concrete graves to end the forced cremation of Muslim coronavirus victims.
Deputy Director General of Health Services Dr. Hemantha Herath had told Colombo Gazette the proposal was to be made at a 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. (Colombo Gazette)