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Skelton wants burials possible within 24 hours

Persons from the Muslim community at a funeral in the British Virgin Islands

Minister of Health and Social Development Ronnie Skelton said he would like to see measures implemented locally to facilitate Muslims who want to bury their loved ones within 24 hours after death.

He expressed the desire while suggesting that the British Virgin Islands should adjust to fit the needs of the various segments of its population.

“We have to constantly look at how our society is being made up. Our society is made up of 103 different nationalities [and] a lot of different religions.”

“We have those of the Muslim faith who believe they should bury their loved one in 24 hours after the death. Provisions, once it is not unlawful, should be made for these things to happen,” Skelton said.

He made the comments recently while the House of Assembly debated and passed the Coroners Act 2017, which, among other things, is intended to bring ‘relief’ to people who otherwise would endure a protracted wait for the authorities to hand over their loved ones’ bodies for burial.

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