A Catholic Church in Kerala’s Alappuzha district earned the reward of Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan after it opened the gates of its cemetery for cremation of a hindu man who died of Covid-19. On Tuesday evening, the physique of 86-year-old Okay Srinivas was consigned to flames on the cemetery of St George Church in Edathua.
On Thursday, Chief Minister Vijayan lauded the church’s gesture. “The motion of St George Church, Edathua to permit the pyre of a Covid-19 affected person, who was not a member of that parish, on the church cemetery is commendable,” he stated.
Srinivasan, a migrant of Tamil origin, died on Tuesday morning. There isn’t any public crematorium in Edathua and his five-member household is presently in quarantine as all of them had examined optimistic. His residence and premises had been water-logged as a result of of heavy rain.
Says Edathua village panchayat member M D Thomas, “As a number of deaths are taking place within the hospital, we couldn’t maintain the physique on the mortuary for lengthy .When approached, church parish priest Mathew Chooravady contemplated for a second. After a brief session with the parish office-bearers, Fr Mathew advised me that the cremation will be held on the cemetery,” he stated.
Fr Mathew stated he felt that gesture as his accountability. “That is an uncommon day of pandemic. All of us need to help the needy on the hour of disaster. Permitting the pyre of a Hindu on the cemetery was an event to display Christian love, which I preach.” he stated.