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