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Find plot for cemetery in 4 days, HC to Maharashtra government

The PIL mentioned that the Christian community had not been allotted a single burial ground since 2000.

 
Mumbai: 

The Bombay High Court on Nov 13 told the State government not to “discriminate in death” and directed it to identify an alternate plot for a Christian cemetery by November 17.

A Division Bench of Chief Justice Manjula Chellur and Justice M.S. Sonak was hearing a public interest litigation filed by United Christian Community Centre, a charitable trust.

The organisation is aggrieved about no burial grounds being allotted to the Christian community on the eastern side of the western suburbs from Dahisar to Khar, a distance of around 25 km.

According to the plea, in 1998 the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation had allotted a plot for the Christian community at Akurli village in Kandivili (East). However, they did not build a boundary wall to separate the Muslim and the Christian burial grounds.

The PIL mentioned that the Christian community had not been allotted a single burial ground since 2000.

In May 2016, despite a notification being issued to allot reserved land of 7,500 square metres in Aarey Colony, only 2,500 square meters of land was allotted in Andheri.

The Bench said, “You are not a dictator, we are living in a democratic society. How can the allotment of a plot for a Christian cemetery be cancelled just like that, for no apparent reason?”

Source: Hindu

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