DNA India – BMC won’t let Sikhs resolve a burning issue

DNA Correspondent

Mumbai-Maharashtra-India, 1 July 2017. The BMC has rejected demands to add the name of the Sikh community in some crematoriums in the city where the community’s population is in sizable numbers.

The decision was conveyed by the BMC’s health department recently to the Guru Singh Sabha, which is considered to be the umbrella body of gurudwaras.

The community has been demanding separate crematorium spaces for itself. It had written a letter to the state minority commission and municipal commissioner in May 2016 demanding that crematorium space be provided to them.

However, the commission did not receive any letter from the BMC stating if the community’s demands can be met and reminded the BMC again on June 21 to reply to the commission’s earlier letter.

While the health department was considering adding the name of the community in view of the demand for a crematorium, the move was turned down by the civic chief.

The health department was considering adding names of the Sikh community into the names of Hindu crematoriums in Sion Hindu crematorium, Tagore Nagar and Dattatray Road crematorium in Santa Cruz (W).

In a letter dated June 22, the health department informed the Guru Singh Sabha that the department had considered adding the community’s name at three places. However, the decision had been rejected by the municipal commissioner.

“The health department seems to be in favour of the decision but the municipal commissioner has decided against it. We will approach the minorities commission to know the reason.

We do not want a separate crematorium but since all communities have a cemetery in their name, we want one too,” said Mandeep Ladi, a volunteer at the Sri Guru Singh Sabha.

The BMC municipal commissioner did not respond to queries from DNA.



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