'Will continue to fight for open air cremation'

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London, May 10: A devoted British Hindu, Davinder Kumar Ghai, whose pleas to be cremated in the open was turned down by the Britain High Court has vowed to continue his fight, saying that the final rites of Hindus 'must be done with dignity'.

"It looks like a conspiracy that the judgement is given when I am in India for medical treatment. But I will not give up. I will ensure that Hindus are given a good death that is fundamental to their beliefs," Ghai, 70, said to media. The founder of Anglo-Asian Friendship Society (AAFS), Ghai said, "I don't want Hindus to be burnt in a crematorium at the Thames or at a football field. The final rites of Hindus must be done with dignity. They cannot be bundled in a box."

In his ruling on Friday, May 8 Justice Ross Crnaston said that the Cremation Act 1902 and its attendant regulations were clear in their effect: the burning of human remains, other than in a crematorium, is a criminal offence. However Ghai said that he will take the case to the Court of Appeal and also to the European Court of Human Rights. "This is a fight to the end," added Ghai.

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