New Delhi, October 29,2020: Hindus are seeking a crematorium to be built and available for usage in Malta.
Although a new law allowing cremation was passed in Malta Parliament in May 2019, but a functioning crematorium is nowhere in sight. According to some estimates; going through blueprints, approvals, construction, licensing, etc.; it might be 2023 when a working crematorium would be available to the public for the cremation of their loved ones.
Malta, not having a mechanism to cremate the deceased from the Hindu community, was forcing the community to bury their loved ones in contradiction of their long-held beliefs that burial hindered the soul’s journey; distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed said in a statement in Nevada (USA) today.
If Government was presently unable to offer a 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 the Hindu community could cremate their deceased on open pyres; Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, indicated.
Cremation abroad reportedly comes to around €5,000.
Many non-Hindus now also prefer cremation over burial.
Here is the thing, while there are no crematoriums for Hindus, Malta, however, has a pet crematorium.