Identify land to be allotted for Christian burial ground, HC tells State

The Bombay High Court on Monday told the State government not to “discriminate in death” and directed it to identify an alternate plot for a Christian cemetery by November 17.

A Division Bench of Chief Justice Manjula Chellur and Justice M.S. Sonak was hearing a public interest litigation filed by United Christian Community Centre, a charitable trust. The organisation is aggrieved about no burial grounds being allotted to the Christian community on the eastern side of the western suburbs from Dahisar to Khar, a distance of around 25 km.

According to the plea, in 1998 the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation had allotted a plot for the Christian community at Akurli village in Kandivili (East). However, they did not build a boundary wall to separate the Muslim and the Christian burial grounds. The PIL mentioned that the Christian community had not been allotted a single burial ground since 2000.

In May 2016, despite a notification being issued to allot reserved land of 7,500 square metres in Aarey Colony, only 2,500 square meters of land was allotted in Andheri.

As carried in TH

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