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Kerala High Court Dismisses Plea for Allowing Relatives to Wash Dead Bodies of COVID-19 Victims as per Muslim Rituals for Cremation

Lawstreet Journal 23 Nov 2020 11:03pm

Image courtesy: Lawstreet Journal Judiciary Kerala High Court Dismisses Plea for Allowing Relatives to Wash Dead Bodies of COVID-19 Victims as per Muslim Rituals for Cremation

On Thursday (19th November 2020), the Kerala High Court refused to issue any direction to the State Government or the Union Government to overlook its Guidelines (Covid Protocols) and to follow the guidelines of the World Health Organization.

The bench consisted of two judges: Chief Justice S. Manikumar and Justice Shaji P. Chaly.

The members of Muslim community filed a PIL basically seeking directions to State and its officials and the Union of India in regard to the management of the dead body of Covid-19 patients on the basis of the guidelines issued by the Government of India, WHO, etc.

 

Their Prayers were as follows:

  • “1) issue a writ of mandamus or any other appropriate writs, order or directions commanding the respondents to dwell upon the request of the ISLAM COMMUNITY TO REVISIT THE GUIDELINES ISSUED IN Ext.P1, taking into account the relevant inputs suggestive of the fact that SARS-CoV-2 Virus will not spread from the dead body
  • 2) Issue a writ of mandamus or any other appropriate writs orders or directions commanding the respondents to permit washing of dead body and shrouding of dead body in accordance with the rituals in Islam community, ensuring health security of general public.”

Contention of the Petitioners

The State of Kerala was not following the Standard Operating Procedure recommended by the Union Ministers of Health and Family Welfare as well as the WHO according to the contentions made by the petitioners. They also said that the guidelines issued by the Union of India were not followed.

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