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Civic resistance if Govt. does not allow burial of Muslim COVID-19 victims: Hakeem

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There will be civic resistance if the government does not allow the burying of Muslims who succumb to COVID-19, Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) MP, Leader Rauff Hakeem said.

He, however, called for the avoidance of it.

“We have to avoid civic resistance so please change these draconian procedures,” Mr. Hakeem said. He also referred to a media report which said at least 20 unclaimed bodies are to be cremated.

The issue popped up when Tamil National People’s Front MP Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam raised the issue in the House earlier during the day. Mr. Ponnambalam who referred to the WHO guidelines said WHO adaptation 24(3) states that a person who succumbs to COVID-19 could be disposed while allowing the cultural traditions. Referring to court cases in Sri Lanka and India he said dead person also had human rights just like the living.

“Human rights are confirmed in the constitution. The Constitution of a country is a living thing,” he said.

“Cremation is not allowed in Islamism. Fire is associated with hell in Islamism. They believe that those who sin are burnt in hell by fire. This is why they don’t like cremation of dead bodies,” the MP added.

Leader of the House Dinesh Gunawardena who responded said the government will come up with a reply for the issue shortly. He noted that the same question was raised in the House on an earlier occasion and the government had stated its stance.(Yohan Perera and Ajith Siriwardana)


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  • Mohamed Thursday, 10 December 2020 08:13 PM

    Muslims curses will never leave them in peace the government. Specially the budhist exsteminist minds Who will comments against this.

    Sandy Thursday, 10 December 2020 08:47 PM

    There is every possibility of rainwater seeping into the grave and polluting groundwater .

    lankan Thursday, 10 December 2020 08:50 PM

    Thanks to MP for Batti Mr Sanakiayan

    Mandayan Thursday, 10 December 2020 09:00 PM

    Who you and your guys? Basil knows how to deal!

    Dr Nadarajah Thursday, 10 December 2020 09:46 PM

    Gajendrakumar, The strong language you are using to explain the Islamic practice tantamount to insulting your own Hindu religion. Think before you speak. Hinduism practiced in Sri Lanka and South India is a liberal religion so they are not going to get mad at you, they would only question your common sense.

    Lankan Friday, 11 December 2020 12:29 AM

    What happens to the urine and stools that comes down in toilet of COVID patients , will that not have any germs?? What do they do with the urine ?? Burn them or what about poop? People need to think as a nation not with agenda.(hope you guys publish)

    BuffaloaCitizen Friday, 11 December 2020 09:02 AM

    Is this one those fellows who voted for 20A and sold the Muslim community for free?

    mnsmart Friday, 11 December 2020 09:25 AM

    Meththika Vithanage will go down in the history as the most cruel woman in Sri Lanka for manipulating her profession to promote racism in this country. She not only created a distance between the communities, but created a bad image about Sri lanka within the international community which is non reversible.

    Zaid Friday, 11 December 2020 12:20 PM

    They'll say that they will give an answer but who knows how much truth is in those words?

    Joseph Friday, 11 December 2020 07:05 PM

    Take your civic action you terrorist


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