Delhi HC Issues Notice To Govt, Civic Agencies & NDMA On Plea By NGO Offering To Facilitate Cremation Of COVID19 Affected Dead Bodies

The Delhi High Court on Monday has Issued Notice to Delhi Government, Civic Bodies, NDMA in a plea filed by NGO ‘Mokshda Paryavaran Evam Van Suraksha Samiti’ which runs ‘green crematorium’ in the City & has offered to facilitate cremation of those who died due to COVID-19.

A bench led the Chief Justice DN Patel & Justice Prateek Jalan issued notice and sought the reply before June 29 on a petition filed by NGO, which runs several “Green crematoriums” in the national capital and other parts of the Country, offering its service to cremate the bodies of those who died due to COVID-19.

The petition by NGO “Mokshda Paryavaran Evam Van Suraksha Samiti” was filed through Advocate Gaurav Kumar Bansal.

“The petitioner NGO is working in the field of Green Crematorium which can be used cremation of Dead Bodies in Crematorium Grounds with all the rites as prescribed under the Hindu Mythology,” said the plea.

The petitioner has submitted that it has moved the petition, offering its services after it came to its knowledge through news reports that the High Court has taken suo motu cognisance with regard to the piling up of bodies at the crematoriums.

The petitioner contended non-disposing of COVID-19 Victims owing to nonfunctioning of CNG Furnaces at Crematorium’s of National Capital is violation of rights of dead.

The NGO has stated that it has successfully installed 46 Green Crematorium in seven states and Union Territories of which 16 have been installed in Delhi itself.

The NGO has also offered to provide a team of 4 persons to facilitate the cremation of dead bodies at Niogambodh Gath. Moreover, the design and facility of the unit installed by the petitioner NGO is such that a single unit can easily carry out 3-4 cremations in 12 hours which could be increased with an interval of 1 hour after sanitization to meet the present crisis situation.

-India Legal Bureau