Telangana Waqf Board said that managing committees or caretakers of graveyards can’t deny a place for burial even if the man died of Covid-19 or was a non-local or a traveller..
NEW DELHI — The Telangana State Waqf Board has threatened criminal action against managing committees and caretakers of graveyards if they refuse to allow the burial of Muslim bodies on any ground whatsoever.
The State Waqf Board has serious note of the incident in which the relatives of a Muslim man, who died of cardiac arrest in Hyderabad, were allegedly denied permission for his burial by the management of at least five graveyards over the fear that he could have died of Covid-19.
Mohammed Khawaja Mian (55), native of Kurnool, 200 kilometers away from Hyderabad died of cardiac arrest at his residence on May 22 and his relatives approached at least five graveyards in the city for the burial.
But Mutawallis or caretakers of the graveyards refused to allow the burial citing him to be a non-local or expressing apprehension that he could have died of coronavirus, reports IANS.
Some local Hindu residents came out to help the relatives of Khawaja and arranged the burial in a shamshan ghat at Gandmguda on the outskirts of Hyderabad. The incident sparked outrage with demands from different quarters to take action against the caretakers of the graveyards.
Telangana Waqf Board chairman Mohammed Saleem voicing his anger over the incident siad that managing committees or caretakers of graveyards can’t deny a place for burial even if the man died of Covid-19 or was a non-local or a traveller.
“Graveyards are not the personal property of managing committees or custodians. They are mere caretakers. Demanding money for the burial or denying the place for burial will not be tolerated,” he said.
He further said it was unfortunate that caretakers of graveyards were denying burial over extraneous considerations.
“When Saudi Arabia allows burial of all Muslims in the holy places irrespective of their nationalities, there is no reason why Muslim graveyards in India deny resting place to Muslims irrespective of their place of birth, social or economic status,” he said.
Saleem called a special meeting of the Waqf Board on June 6 to pas a resolution for taking action against committees and custodians demanding money for burial and resorting to other unfair practices.