The Inter-Religious Committee of the Amarapura and Ramanna Samagri Maha Sangha Sabha has requested the government to make necessary arrangements to facilitate the
burial of Muslim Covid-19 victims.
In letter to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, the Chief Secretary of the Sanga Sabha of the Amarapura Maha Nikaya, Pallekande Ratanasara Anunayake Thero and the Chief Secretary of the Ramanna Maha Nikaya, Aththangane Sasanarathne Thero, urged the government to convene a meeting of medical professionals, virologists, public health officials, religious leaders and other relevant persons to discuss the issue.
They observed that preventing the burials of dead bodies could lead to civil unrest among the Muslim community.
The Sangha Sabha further observed that the burial of COVID-19 victims should be allowed, subject to certain conditions which would protect the health of the people as well as the religious practices of Muslims, Christians, and other religious communities.
They also noted that every citizen has the right to practice their religious traditions which are protected as Fundamental Rights by the Constitution of Sri Lanka.