Sikh funeral pyre challenges UK law
The funeral pyre of Rajpal Mehat, 31, took place in a remote field after Northumbria Police gave permission on ‘humanitarian grounds’. Since when was it for the police to grant discretionary permissions to break the law? Funeral pyres have been illegal in the UK since 1930, and environmentally with good reason. The 1930 Cremation Act prohibits the cremation of human remains anywhere except in a crematorium. But Superintendent Graham Smith said that his job was to ‘respect the values and beliefs of all faiths’. No, Superintendent, your job is to enforce the law.
It seems that when British law conflicts with ‘religious right’, the law may be set aside with the tacit support of the police. From how many British laws are minority ethnic groups to be exempt?