Prime Minister says Muslims can bury their Covid dead
ECONOMYNEXT – Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa has told Parliament that the compulsory cremation of the remains of Covid 19 deceased will be discontinued and that burials will also be allowed.
Rajapaksa intervened in an exchange between Samagi Jana Balavegaya MP S M Marikkar and Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardene as to whether this question was a Point of Order.
Rajapaksa could be heard saying “we will allow burials.”
Marikkar asked a question as to whether the cremations have to continue because yesterday State Minister in charge of the Covid pandemic response, Dr Sudharshani Fernandopulle stated that that the Covid virus cannot become waterborne.
The government may also be responding to the offer by Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan’s offer to lobby Muslim countries to support Sri Lanka at the United Nations Human Rights Council where Colombo is under fire. (Colombo, February 10, 2021)
Reported by Arjuna Ranawana