Fighting to Leave the World the Hindu Way

April 30, 2010

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Yahoo News/Hindustan Times

UK-based Davender Ghai (71) is a man with a mission, and this mission is a matter of life and death for him - literally. For the last four years Ghai was locked in a legal battle with the British government for his right to be cremated in the open, which is prohibited in the United Kingdom under 1902 Cremation Act.

But in February this year, he won the battle in the Court of Appeal, Britain's highest court, which ruled that Hindu cremation rites should be accommodated within British laws. Ghai, who is currently in Delhi to generate awareness and garner support for his cause, has already met Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and plans to meet Union External Affairs Minister S M Krishna.

"Though I have won the case, the British government is yet to implement the ruling. I have not been given a site for an open air crematorium yet," says Ghai, who has been living in Newcastle, Britain, for the past 54 years. Ghai started the campaign for open-air funeral pyres for Hindus when his father's desire to be given a proper Hindu cremation couldn't be fulfilled.