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 Sri Lanka has been exposed to the rest of the world as a country that is inhumane by burning the body of a 20 day old infant who succumbed to COVID-19, Samagi Jana
Balawegaya (SJB) MP S.M. Marikkar said. 

 

He made these comments in parliament while expressing his condolences on the death of an infant from Mattakkuliya who passed away recently. 
 
The SJB MP further said;


"On one hand, prisoners who demanded PCR tests are being shot at. On the other hand, we have a 20 day old infant. What did that baby do to deserve that? To be burned? 

What is baffling is that neither the parents nor the grandparents at home hadn't contracted COVID-19. We have doubts as to how the infant had contracted the virus.

Therefore, we strongly condemn the violation of these fundamental rights by the government and denounce these actions.

Another reason is that everything is done according to the recommendations of the World Health Organisation (WHO). Then we ask them to use the medicine provided by the WHO.

We wear masks to protect ourselves from contracting COVID-19. But do we burn these masks? Where does the wastewater of COVID-19 patients end up at? Doesn't that allow for the transmission of the coronavirus?

We need to make it clear that this government has deprived the rights of not only the Muslims who succumb to the virus but also the funeral rights of Buddhists by denying them 'paansakulaya'.