The Graves (Removal) Regulations



(Section 11)

G.N. No. 102 of 1970

1.   Citation

   These Regulations may be cited as the Graves (Removal) Regulations.

2.   Interpretation

   Unless the context otherwise requires–

   "Act" means the Graves (Removal) Act *;

   "public officer" means the officer appointed under subsection (2) of section 7 of the Act.

3.   Removal of graves and bodies

   Subject to the provisions of subsection (1) of section 7 of the Act, every grave or dead body shall, as far as possible, be removed, transported and re-instated or re-interred in one whole.

4.   Powers and duties of public officer

   In addition to the powers and duties imposed on him by the Act, the public officer–

   (a)   shall attend to and supervise the removal, transportation and re-instatement or re-interment of any grave or dead body:

          Provided that the personal attendance of the public officer shall not be necessary where he is satisfied that any person entrusted with the task of doing any of the said things has taken adequate measures to ensure compliance with the provision of the Act;

   (b)   may give such directions or take such measure for removing, transporting, and re-instating or re-interring the grave or dead body as he thinks for the purpose of compliance with the provisions of subsection (1) of section 7 of the Act or provisions of these Regulations;

   (c)   shall approve or give directions as to the type of vehicle or other means of conveyance to be used in the transportation of a grave or dead body;

   (d)   may give directions as to the route to be followed for the transportation of the grave or dead body;

   (e)   may do all such other acts and give such other directions as may be necessary for compliance with the provisions of the Act and these Regulations.

5.   Upkeep of graves

   The upkeep and maintenance of a place where a grave is re-instated or a dead body is re-interred in accordance with the provisions of the Act shall be the responsibility of the local authority having jurisdiction at that place.

6.   Desecration of graves prohibited

   No person shall remove, destroy, disfigure or efface or do anything likely to cause damage to, any grave which is re-instated or where any dead body is re-interred under the Act.

7.   Sanctily of religion to be preserved

   No person shall–

   (a)   do anything in relation to any grave which is likely to hurt the religious feelings of the community to which the dead person belonged; or

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