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Hindu loses fight for UK open-air cremation.

In India on May 8, 2009 at 8:15 am

LONDON (Reuters Life!) – A devout Hindu lost his High Court battle on Friday for the right to be cremated in Britain on a traditional open-air funeral pyre.

Spiritual healer Baba Davender Kumar Ghai, 70, from Gosforth, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, was challenging a refusal by the local council to allow him to be cremated in accordance with his Hindu beliefs.

Ghai says a pyre is essential to “a good death” and the release of his spirit into the afterlife.

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