A number of Buddhist monks staged a protest near the Presidential Secretariat today against burying coronavirus victims.
A petition in this regard was also handed over to Health Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi.
Buddhist monks attached to several organizations including the Sinhala Ravaya and Sinhale Api participated in the protest.
A tense situation arose when the monks attempted to force their way into the Presidential Secretariat. The Police prevented the monks from entering the premises.
Health Minister Wanniarachchi had thereafter arrived at the location and the monks handed over a petition to the Minister urging the Government to prohibit the burial of the remains of Covid victims in the country.
The Muslim community and opposition politicians have raised concerns over the cremation of the remains of Covid victims as it goes against the community’s religious beliefs.
As per the health guidelines gazetted in Sri Lanka, the remains of coronavirus victims can only be cremated.
However, an expert committee has been appointed to study the process of burial following a request made by Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa in this regard, recently. (Colombo Gazette)