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Hindu wants open-air funeral pyres in the UK


A Hindu campaigner is going to the High Court in London in an attempt to establish traditional open-air funeral pyres in the UK.

Outdoor cremations are banned in Britain, where the law dictates that cremations are restricted to designated crematoriums. 

But Davender Ghai, 70, argues it is against his faith and a breach of his human rights to prevent a ritual that has taken place in India over thousands of years.

His lawyers are expected to point out in the test case that instances have gone unpunished in the UK the past, including the 1934 open air cremation of the Nepalese ambassador’s wife in Surrey, southern England.