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In the UK, allow cremation in the open

April 19 2007

In the near future in Britain may soon legalize traditional Hindu cremation in the open.

It writes the British "Times", a precedent that will likely cause the revision of legislation on cremation, was created by 68-year old Hindu Davenderom Kumar Ghai, which requires that after the death of his remains on fire.

The British High Court took up the appeal of the decision Ghai City Council Newcastle, decided in the last year to ban the creation of special zones for the Hindu funeral ritual, as not conforming to the existing legislation.

Judge Collins ruled that the allowance of appeal Ghai answers the public interest, because the problem "is important for the Hindu community." He also noted that the decision on cremation in 1884 and 1907 "may mean that the burning of bodies in the open air is not necessarily illegal."

Founder and President of the Anglo-Asian Friendship Society, Ghai has become known in July last year. He had ensured that 31-year-old Indian Radzhpal Mehat, drowned in a London canal, was burnt in accordance with ancient Hindu laws in a certain place in secret Northumberland.

Prior to that, the last time the burning remains of the open place in 1934 when the Ministry of Interior allowed to cremate the remains of Hindu ritual Nepalese princess and the wife of Ambassador of Nepal in the UK Samshir Jang.

In the UK, 559,000 Hindus live. Most of them will hold an open-air cremation in the event that the traditional Hindu burial ceremony would be authorized, reports RIA Novosti.

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