Guwahati: The Kabarstans in the city of Guwahati has opened its doors for Muslims dying of Coronavirus for their last rites.
The decision was taken after incidents have come to light where kabarstans and cremation grounds in many places in Assam were found to have denied permitting performing the last rites of a COVID deceased in fear.
Senior advocate Nekibur Zaman, convener of the coordination committee of city kabarstan committees told Time8, “Fear amongst the people has multiplied when they saw government authorities performing the last rites of COVID deaths in separate locations. People became scarier and in many cases, kabarstan committees and even cremation grounds have shut their doors for the victim families. It’s very unfair.”
Observing that a person deserves a proper farewell after his or her death, the coordination committee on Saturday unanimously decided to allow performing the last rites of the COVID deaths in the city kabarstans.
“So far, the government authority has been performing the last rites at a kabarstan at Athgaon. But to end the taboo and break the stereotypes, we have decided that if anyone from the community dies of COVID here, the family members can perform the last rites at any of the kabarstans in the city,” Zaman added.
Guwahati has eight kabarstans.
The coordination committee urged other kabarstan committees and cremation grounds across the state to also allow the same.
He said, “The state government also has to take proper responsibility in the case. When the family persons can’t even come close to their loved ones who died of the disease, concerned authorities should at least do their dues to give the decease a proper farewell.”
Earlier, the state government had also said that it would set up separate cremation grounds and kabarstans for the COVID related deaths.