Coronavirus Bill 2019-21

MBCOL has been in communication with Jon Ashworth MP (Shadow Health Secretary) and Baroness Sayeeda Warsi on the issue of Schedule 27 of the Coronavirus Bill 2019-21, that will allow designated local authorities to disregard section 46(3) of the Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984, which is designed to prevent a local authority from being able to cremate a body against the wishes of the deceased. We have stressed that the sanctity of the dead body and the importance of religious burial is an integral component of religious practice for Muslims, and, therefore, all reasonable steps must be taken to avoid the possibility of forcing a cremation upon the loved ones of these communities.

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