Feb 10, Colombo: Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa told parliament today that the government will allow the burial of the bodies of those who died due to COVID infection.
Responding to a question from Samagi Jana Balawegaya MP, S. M. Marikkar, Prime Minister Rajapaksa told parliament that burial of bodies of COVID infected will be allowed.
Responding to a question raised by Parliamentarian Rohana Bandara, State Minister Dr. Sudarshini Fernandopulle yesterday stated that the COVID virus is not transmitted through water.
According to the State Minister’s response, MP Marikkar questioned the Premier whether the government would allow to bury the Muslims who succumbed to the viral disease.
Responding to the MP, the Prime Minister said “Honorable MP, Permission will be granted to bury the dead.”
The PM's announcement comes ahead of an official visit by Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan later this month and the UNHRC session at which the issue of cremation of Muslims who died of COVID is expected to be raised.
The government resisted changing its forced cremation policy, first ordered in a March 31, 2020 gazette notification, despite calls from human right organizations, United Nations experts, medical professionals and experts in Sri Lanka, and Muslim religious leaders in the country.