Hindus disappointed as no crematorium in sight in Malta even 2 years after cremation law
According to some estimates; going through blueprints, approvals, construction, licensing, etc.; it might be 2024 or 2025 when a working crematorium would be available to the public for cremation of their loved ones.
Malta, not having mechanism for the cremation of deceased Hindus, was forcing the community to bury their loved ones in contradiction of their long-held beliefs that burial hindered soul's journey; Hindu statesman Rajan Zed said in a statement in Nevada (USA) today.
Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, is urging Malta Government to subsidize cremations abroad till proper crematorium is built and available for usage in Malta.
Cremation abroad reportedly comes to around €5,000, but added options can raise the cost. Many non-Hindus now also prefer cremation over burial. Malta, however, has a pet crematorium.
If Government was presently unable to offer subsidy for cremations abroad, then in the meantime, Hindus should be allowed to cremate their deceased on traditional open pyres in Malta. For this purpose, Malta Government should allot a cremation ground near a body of water where Hindus could cremate their deceased on open pyres; Rajan Zed indicated.
Zed further said that Malta should show some maturity and be more responsive to the hurt feelings of its hard-working, harmonious and peaceful Hindu community; which had been in the country since 1800s and had made lot of contributions to the nation and society; and continued to do so.
Rajan Zed pointed out that cremation had been a pre-BCE tradition prescribed in ancient Hindu texts. Cremation signified spiritual release, helped severe ties to earthly life and gave momentum to the soul for its continuing spiritual journey. World's oldest extant scripture, Rig-Veda, told us: Agni, set him free again to go to the fathers.
It was simply heartbreaking for the community to perform something in clear violation of their faith. Being able to follow one's faith traditions was a fundamental human right, Zed stressed.
Funeral rites/ceremonies were one of the main samskaras (sacraments)
Zed emphasized that Malta should follow its own constitution, which stated: "All persons in Malta shall have full freedom of conscience and enjoy the free exercise of their respective mode of religious worship".