It’s often said that humans should realize the importance of finding six-foot space to be buried in peace once they pass over. However, this has become an issue for the Christian communities in Hyderabad. They have run out of burial spaces, and the families are concerned that old graves are being dug up to accommodate new bodies.
Recently, eight bodies met with the same fate at Malakpet burial grounds. Due to the space crunch, the bodies had to be shifted to other grounds. However, even there, the families had to request that incharge to accommodate the bodies in old graves. With space becoming a problem, many are concerned about the future. More than the loss, now many families are worried about finding a space for burial
.In some instances, the bodies remain in the house for 2-3 days before a space is found, and this has become a cause of concern for various Christian families. In fact, there are burial grounds for Christians in Malakpet, Amberpet, Narayanaguda, Santosh Nagar, Chaderghat, Dilsukhnagar, and LB Nagar. Most of these are already filled with no space. The community has been demanding that the state government allot some space for burial grounds. However, the government hasn’t reacted as yet.
Though the issue has been raised in Assembly, no announcement has been made to date to provide enough ground or space for the Christian burial ground. In fact, the government had allocated 67 acres in the Rangareddy district, but the land has not been handed over so far, much to the ire of community leaders.