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Switzerland to allow Hindu death rites at river

Source : IBNS
Last Updated: Thu, Jun 14, 2012 09:50 hrs

Lucerne, June 14 (IBNS) City of Lucerne in Switzerland has reportedly agreed to allow Hindus to perform rituals related to dispersing cremated remains on the Reuss River bank.

According to reports, an environmental study has confirmed that these rites would not cause environmental harm.

Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) on Thursday, commended City of Lucerne for having a feel for the religious sentiments of area Hindu community and respecting their traditions.



Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, noted that it was a "step in the right direction" and urged other cities around the world to allow Hindus to scatter the ashes of loved ones in the rivers.

City of Bristol in United Kingdom is also reportedly considering River Avon as possible site for dispersing cremated remains of Hindus.

Most populous city in central Switzerland on the shore of scenic lake, Lucerne is surrounded by Mount Pilatus and Rigi and is known for its 14th century wooden Kapellbrucke.

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