“The council demanded to allocate land for the cremation of Hindu deceased,” said Chairman of the Southern Municipal Council, Bader Al-Tamimi.

He suggested that this to be done in accordance with the modern techniques that are currently applied in India. Al-Tamimi stressed that the council has earlier proposed replacing the existing cremation mechanism, the traditional methods, and replacing it with modern cremation methods.

He said that as the council is not against any religious beliefs in Bahrain, which is considered a custodian of all religions. He assured that the council is with the best healthy and environment-friendly approaches that take into account the environment and public health.

Al-Tamimi expressed his astonishment about the insistence of some people of Hindu religion to exercise cremation in traditional ways. He assured that many of them resort to modern methods in India.

Al-Tamimi said that the idea was, in short, to provide land for cremation equipment instead of using traditional ways but, he said, there is an insistence on using the traditional method

He stressed that the council is not against any religious practices and rituals and that the council’s proposal was purely regulatory.

Chairman of the Southern Municipal Council noted that there was a Bahraini company that provides cremation equipment which, he explained, are used to get rid of medical wastes. He encouraged to use such equipment which, he added, more environment-friendly way and public health.

Abdullah Ibrahim, a member of the council, said that the concerned authorities decided to ban cremation in Al-Beheer area, after complaints from citizens and residents. He added that the ban came after communication with the relevant authorities who decided that stop cremation as the area include residential and service areas. The ban decision, he assured, was not against any religious rituals, but for the best interest of residents of the area.

Ibrahim confirmed that alternative areas for cremation were allocated in a remote area in Awali and Salmabad by the concerned authorities which, he said, are away from populated areas.