COVID-19: VHP jumps into cremation row in Maharashtra

Mumbai, Apr 2 (IANS): The Vishwa Hindu Parishad lashed out at the Maharashtra government on Thursday for backtracking on an order to compulsorily cremate all those who died of COVID-19. The VHP also accused the NCP-Cong-Shiv Sena government of practicing appeasement politics and playing with the health of citizens as India battles coronavirus.

"A circular was issued two days back by the Municipal Commissioner of Greater Mumbai Pravin Pardeshi that any death occurred due to coronavirus irrespective of religion he or she will be cremated but to everyone's surprise this circular was withdrawn within hours by the Minority Development Minister Nawab Malik who tweeted from his official Twitter account that the circular issued by the Hon Municipal Commissioner stands withdrawn. Vishwa Hindu Parishad strongly condemns this irresponsible act by the minister," said VHP spokesperson Shriraj Nair on Thursday.

Calling it appeasement politics at the time of a pandemic, the VHP alleged that the act puts the health of citizens at risk. "The cremation of a body is the most scientific way to destroy the virus which many countries are following. VHP demands the circular to be re-enforced and all dead bodies should be cremated irrespective of the religion of the deceased," it demanded.

Adding that Mumbai being the Financial Capital of India and having a large number of international travelers coming there each day, the decision to cremate dead bodies died due to COVID-19 is imperative.



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  • Arthur, Mangalore

    Thu, Apr 2 2020

    Judaism and Islam regard cremation as a desecration. UK plans to give religious exemptions to Jews and Muslims for cremation during coronavirus pandemic. What is the VHP's view of UK's religious exemptions to Jews and Muslims for cremation during coronavirus pandemic

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  • ad, mangaluru

    Thu, Apr 2 2020

    VHP is sad because all dead by corona virus are not cremated. VHP has no business in the dead as to how the dead are treated-cremation, burial and any other means. Is VHP promoting Cremation?

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  • Kishore Kumar, Mangaluru

    Thu, Apr 2 2020

    .... then never ever use alcohol based sanitizers which is 'HARAM' !!!

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  • Anees, Karkala,Dubai

    Fri, Apr 3 2020

    Mr Kishore, 'Haram' word using means after consuming alcohol based drink to make nonsense activities and body not in control. If necessity for life saving is not a Haram.

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  • Kishore Kumar, Mangaluru

    Fri, Apr 3 2020

    agreed 'If necessity for life saving is not a Haram', that applies for cremation also because chances of spreading virus through burial is more than cremation in a crowded city !!!

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  • ad, managluru

    Fri, Apr 3 2020

    Only "HARAM" is mentality of prescribers of Cremation.

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    Fri, Apr 3 2020

    Don't behave like a illiterate person. In islam drinking alcohol is haram..Are the people not using perfumes.,then what is the problem in using sanitizer . Behave sensibly in the on going problem in our country and world as a whole. Don't spread hatred among the community. If you are not able to good , then don't do bad also.

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  • Kishore Kumar, Mangaluru

    Fri, Apr 3 2020

    ... don't act like an uneducated, see the ingredients in perfumes used by the orthodox original 'peaceful' of middle-east. It is always 0% alcohol !!!

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