Irrespective of religion, all Mumbai coronavirus victims to be cremated

Mumbai, Mar 30 (IANS): Not willing to risk infections even after death, the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai on Monday decided to compulsorily cremate all victims of COVID-19 irrespective of their religion.

In a significant order, MCGM Commissioner Praveen Pardeshi decreed that the dead bodies of all Covid-19 victims must be cremated at the nearest crematorium irrespective of the religion to which they belong.

He justified the move saying a religious community leader had brought to his notice that burial grounds for Muslim or Christians are located in densely populated localities of Mumbai, posing a high risk of contamination to their surrounding community or residential areas.

Pardeshi also said that any rituals involving the touching of the body are barred and not more than five persons shall be permitted to attend any such funeral.

The MCGM has further banned the procedure of packaging the victim's body in a plastic bag and burying it in a cemetery on the grounds that it would prevent early decomposition and the risk of the future spread of coronavirus would continue.

However, the MCGM said that for those who insist on holding the burial practice would be allowed provided they take the body out of Mumbai limits for the funeral rituals.

For this, they would have to make all arrangements including transportation and follow the relevant guidelines/precautions for the disposal of Covid-19 victims, he said.

The person concerned would be fully responsible for his actions and those found flouting the directives would be liable for penal action, said the MCGM chief.



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  • Francis, calicut, Kerala

    Tue, Mar 31 2020

    I dont support this completely. I think by cremation air will be more polluted and there is 100 percent chances of virus spreading in the air. In case of burial of body, there will not be any harm to atmosphere as the body will in at least 6 to 8 feet deep grave. Cremation of bodies irrespective of religion is not correct and is like insulting certain religions. Authorities should reconsider on their decision and respect various religions.

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  • Mohan Prabhu, Mangalore (Kankanady)/Ottawa, Canada

    Tue, Mar 31 2020

    Virus cannot stand heat; they are destroyed; whereas burial would contaminate persons attending the funeral ceremonies and lowering the caskets to the subterranean areas; the virus will burst out of the body and through the caskets.
    May be the BBMC is right, but will face challenges on constitutional grounds for exceeding its powers.

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  • Shankar, Mangaluru

    Tue, Mar 31 2020

    Proud that our ancestors have incorporated rituals based on science.

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  • John, Mangalore/Kuwait

    Tue, Mar 31 2020

    That's why we must think and do good before our death. Not after

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  • Valerian DSouza, Udupi/Mumbai

    Tue, Mar 31 2020

    Obviously, while handling disaster and fighting war, there's no scope for religious traditions. Everyone has to raise to the need of this occasion. Now saving lives alone is paramount concern.

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    Mon, Mar 30 2020

    I'd rather hear, see, read stories of recovery.

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  • Deshbhakt, Mangalore

    Mon, Mar 30 2020

    Optimism is good but being prepared for the worst is even good.

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  • Deshbhakt, Mangalore

    Mon, Mar 30 2020

    Good move. Else, like Italy, in India too there will be corpses piled up awaiting last rites.

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