Petition Introduce rules requiring coroners to respect Jewish and Muslim religious laws
A vice president of the Board of Deputies of British Jews has said that a North London Coroner shows “no inclination” to address Jewish concerns. Under Jewish & Islamic law, bodies must be buried quickly and invasive postmortems are a desecration. The Board wants this coroner dismissed.
The Chief Rabbi has written to the Lord Chancellor. Here are extracts.
.....concern had grown over recent years about the failure of [the coroner] ... to give due regard to the deeply held religious beliefs of Jewish and indeed Muslim families ...
... Where the fastest possible burial is denied ...it can cause a great deal of pain at a time when they are already grieving.
...there are no other coroners .. who have taken such a stance.
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