The Sanatan Dharma Maha Sabha has submitted a written request to Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley and Minister of Health Terrence Deyalsingh, regarding the reopening of rivers and natural watercourses which will assist the Hindu community in carrying out several of its religious ceremonies.
Maha Sabha Acting Secretary General, Vijay Maharaj, in the statement, reminded Prime Minister Rowley and Minister Deyalsingh that the Hindu community has been compliant with the safety protocols thus far.
The SDMA called for special consideration be given to one Hindu ceremony in particular, which is connected to funeral rites.
It said “The dasgaath ceremony is a very sombre one, and does not involve the use of any alcohol, nor does it promote a party atmosphere. The ceremony includes a small number of persons and the time required for its completion is usually under four hours. In other words, if access is granted to the rivers for the performance of this ceremony, there is reasonably little to no risk that it would be a spreader event for the COVID-19 virus.”