TDN World Desk: Sri Lanka government amended a law to make cremation compulsory for those dying from the from the novel coronavirus despite strong opposition from the minority MUslim community in the county.

“The corpse of a person who has died or is suspected to have died, of… COVID-19 shall be cremated,” Health Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi said Sunday, AFP reported.

In order to make the controversial cremation mandatory The Quarantine and Prevention of Diseases Ordinance (Chapter 222) has been amended by a gazette issued by Health Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi.

In making the law the Sri Lanka government has overlooked the fundemental religious law of the Muslim and Christina community that commanded its followers to bury dead bodies.

This new enactment clearly violates that allows both cremation and burial of the COVID-19 victims.

The leaders from the Muslim community wanted the government to follow the World Health Organisation guidelines on COVID-19 deaths which allowed both cremations and burials.