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May 23, 2020

Bombay HC says right to decent burial is recognized as facet of right to life

The Bombay High Court has said that the right to a decent burial is recognized as a facet of the right to life and even in such a pandemic situation this right cannot be taken away from any person. The division bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice S S Shinde dismissed a bunch of petitions challenging an April 9 circular issued by the Mumbai civic body designating 20 burial grounds and cemeteries in the city for disposing of bodies of persons who died due to COVID-19.
The Bombay High court noted that there is no scientific study or observation by WHO to show that novel Corona virus spreads through cadavers. The court rebuked the initial notification issued by the BMC which said burial of bodies of COVID-19 patients would not be permitted and said the corporation's move to withdraw that circular and issue a fresh one is a timely move to restore sanity.
The court ordered the civic body that proper management of disposal of dead bodies ought to have been worked out consistent with the recommendations of WHO and the government of India guidelines, as well as the sentiments of the members of the communities for whom burial of a dead member is an integral part of their religious belief and faith.The HC directed strict compliance of protective measures by state, BMC, families and second line workers who deal with the cadaver.  

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