Hindu condemns UK law over funerals
The Cremation Act 1902 states where a crematorium site can be placed.
Site of crematorium
No crematorium shall be constructed nearer to any dwelling-house than two hundred yards, except with the consent, in writing of the owner, lessee and occupier of such house, nor within fifty yards of any public highway, nor in the consecrated part of the burial ground of any burial authority.
If Mr. Ghai allows his cremation to take place without breaking the laws as stated in the Cremation Act 1902, I'm sure Britain will allow an open-air pyre cemation to take place.
A devout Hindu fighting for the legal right to be cremated on an open-air funeral pyre has told the High Court laws stopping the religious ceremony were a breach of his human rights.
Davender Ghai described commonly used cremation facilities as "a mechanised humiliation of dignity - a waste disposal process devoid of spiritual significance".
The 70-year-old spiritual healer said "confining bodies in coffins and concealing the cremation process" did not reflect the philosophy and cultural values he lived by.
Mr Ghai, from Gosforth, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, is fighting for the legal right to be cremated on an open-air funeral pyre in "a sacrament of fire". If he is successful, the test case could provide a precedent for other Hindus and Sikhs seeking similar last rites.
This is not the first time Mr. Ghai has been trying to get Britain to allow Hindus to be able to be cremated in an "open-air funeral pyre." Last year his story appeared in an article in Timesonline which shows that he has been struggling for over a year or so to get Britain to allow this type of cremation to take place.
An attempt to establish the first approved site for the 4,000-year-old spiritual ceremony in northeast England was blocked last year after a local authority ruled that it would breach cremation laws.
The decision was challenged by Davender Kumar Ghai, a 68-year-old devout Hindu who is in poor health and is demanding the right, when he dies, to be cremated on an open-air pyre.
A High Court judge has now approved his bid to seek a judicial review of Newcastle City Council’s refusal to permit a funeral rite that Hindus regard as essential for the successful liberation of the soul.
I thought of following this story because it gives a glimpse into the initial stages of how the countries in West are faced with situations where they may or may not have to chance the laws that were enacted may years ago due to religious or other reasons that have been put forward to them by immigrants.