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ICC Note: A family of Christian converts attempted to bury a loved one in Marnaiyan Village, in India. This is a notoriously sensitive issue in India, because to convert from Hinduism to Christianity is to take an “untouchable” religion upon oneself. To have an untouchable body in the ground would be a polluting force for the village. In this instance the Christian family was eventually convinced to engage in the Hindu ritual of cremation, instead of being allowed to honor their deceased as they would have chosen.


06/21/2018 India (The Tribune) In Marnaiyan village, under Mehtiana police station on Phagwara Road, tension prevailed for the whole day as a family of converted Christians who wanted to bury a deceased woman Surinder Kaur alias Chhindo in the cremation ground of the village was denied permission of burial by the village Panchayat and the surrounding people.

The office bearers of Pastor Association and Christian Front State President Laurence Choudhary, also reached there and stressed for the dead body to be buried in the cremation ground of the village.

Meanwhile, Additional SHO Santosh Singh and ASI Yograj Singh tried to persuade both the groups but they did not agree. Later, village people persuaded them on to cremate the body.

After the death of Surendra Kaur alias Chhindo in Manaraiyan village on Tuesday morning, her son Manpreet and family members were preparing to bury her body. In the meantime, the people of the village started protesting after seeing the people of the Christian community preparing for the burial.

The people of the village argued that there was a shortage of space in the burial ground of the village and if a dead body is buried, there will be no space for cremations to be done in the future. Villagers said when Chhindo’s husband, Mangat Ram had died nearly six years ago, the situation became tense for the same reason.

At that time also, the people of the village people had persuaded the family to perform the cremation.

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