Plea for dakhmenashini

Aware of the heartbreak caused to Parsis who cannot dispose of the bodies of Covid victims in the dakhmas (pictured), the Surat Parsi Panchayat (SPP) has moved the Gujarat High Court for relief.

The Court "issued a notice to the central and state governments as well as local authorities in Surat,” noted a report in The New Indian Express (TNIE) dated May 22, 2021. Justice Nirzar Desai ruled that the plea should be responded to on May 27. According to news reports, on that date, counsel for the central government sought time to file the reply, stating that they are yet to receive a copy of the plea. The Ahmedabad Mirror of the next day noted that "the state government’s reply would depend on the stand taken by the center” which has been given time till June 8 to file its reply. The Court will hear the case on June 9.