Growing tensions over burials of mosque attack victims in New Zealand

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The bodies of the Christchurch mosque killings was to be handed over to their respective families late this Sunday, March 17. The widespread frustration prevailed among the families over the delayed response from the authorities, as Islamic burial custom suggests that the dead bodies should be buried within 24 hrs of the demise.

However, the complexity of the due investigation carried for the 50 victims who were offering prayers made it difficult to follow the Islamic protocol of burial. The officials declared that one of the bodies would be handed over to the family on Sunday night and rest to be followed by Wednesday.

Officials state about the restlessness prevailed amongst the families due to the long period of waiting. Shaikh Amjad Ali, an assistant school principal traveled from Auckland to help with the last rites arrangements that it was a massacre, what more they want to know about it. He said that the grieving families are getting frustrated over this because the reason for killings was in daylight. Nevertheless, he said that he was not going to the authorities as they may have their own procedure and they are probably balancing between the culture, religious views and the local laws.

“I am not questioning the authorities and their protocol. But they need to be sensitive towards the cultural and religious values they abide by”, he added. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said that few bodies would be returned to their families by Sunday evening. All others are expected to be returned by Wednesday.

Mr. Wally Haumaha, the Deputy Commissioner of Police said, “we haven’t witnessed such attack in the past; it is absolutely unprecedented. We are reaching out to the families and extending our support as much as we can.”

In a meeting held between authorities and victims’ families regarding the funeral rituals and arrangements, a huge number of Bangladeshis held placards which said “Please help us find Zakaria Bhuiyan” and “How long do we have to wait now?”.

Procedures of investigations whether any known or unknown killings take a long time in almost every country. However, there should be a time frame in order to reduce the grieves the relatives of victims are already suffering from.

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The bodies of the Christchurch mosque killings was to be handed over to their respective families late this Sunday, March 17. The widespread frustration prevailed among the families over the delayed response from the authorities, as Islamic burial custom suggests that the dead bodies should be buried within 24 hrs of the demise.

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