India’s Christians dig deep for graveyard plot

Cemeteries in India are either full or nearing capacity and Christian’s citizens make up less than 2 percent of India’s 1.1 billion people are already casting about for places to bury their dead, Reuters reported. The shortage of burial space is tied to the many factors, government denial to offer more land saying other religious groups would make similar demands, second growth of Christianity in some states of India due to the conversion to some low caste Hindus and third restriction on building a new cemetery due to environmental restrictions. Many people are forced to pay fortune to book a plot for the family members and for themselves too. Like in Bihar one of the most poorer state of India asking people to donate up to 60,000 rupees to reserve plots. So for now, that’s the sorry state of affairs in India.

KOLKATA, India (Reuters) – India’s Christians are running out of space to bury their dead, leading some to pay small fortunes to book their final resting place in a relative’s grave.

Churches are asking people to empty remains from graves of family members who died more than 25 years ago and store them in specially created vaults, a senior official of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India told Reuters.

“We foresee a major crisis across India and are asking people to empty graves and shift the remains,” said Donald H.R. De Souza, a former deputy secretary general of the conference.



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