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Britain to expand its crematoria to cater to Hindu, Sikh funeral needs

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London, UK: There have been some growing complaints from the Hindu and Sikh communities regarding the crematoria facilities across Britain.

One of the complaints is about the inept training given to the crematorium staff in accordance to the ‘cultural sensitivities of different faiths at a difficult time for mourners’.

On 16th March, the Government of Britain made the declaration of the revision of the policies concerning the crematoria provision which will continue until May 26.

The decision was taken when it surfaced that the cost of a cremation in Britain has raised one-fifth during the last five years.

And now, the average expense stands at that of £640, whereas it was £480 back in 2010. One of the most astonishing facts is that some localities like that of Barrow-in-Furness in Cumbria charge as much as an alarming £721 for cremating an adult.

It is known that sometimes crematoria can be run by a private firm while at other instances more than 170 local authorities can look after only one such site.

The Government after seeking the consultation from diverse cultural groups, local authorities and private firms found that the general opinion is that:

‘Some faith groups have said that crematoria staff need better training to ensure that they are culturally aware and sensitive to different faiths at a difficult time for mourners’. (Inputs from mailonsunday.co.uk/)

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US, Britain Step Up In Order to Tackle Female Genital Mutilation

The mutilation of girls’ external genitals for non-medical reasons is practiced across Africa, the Middle East and Asia. It also affects immigrant communities in Europe and the U.S.

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A badge reads "The power of labor against FGM" is seen on a volunteer during a conference on International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in Cairo, Egypt, Feb. 6, 2018. (VOA)

Authorities in the U.S. and Britain are stepping up cooperation to tackle female genital mutilation, staging joint operations at airports in London, New York and elsewhere to raise awareness of an issue that affects millions of girls and women worldwide.

Police and border security agencies on both sides of the Atlantic have signed a new agreement to share intelligence about when and where victims may be taken for the procedure, known as FGM, and help identify perpetrators.

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In the past week, officials also targeted travel hubs including Heathrow, JKF airport and Eurostar stations, approaching people traveling from countries where the practice is common and encouraging them to report any concerns.

The mutilation of girls’ external genitals for non-medical reasons is practiced across Africa, the Middle East and Asia. It also affects immigrant communities in Europe and the U.S. (VOA)

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