The parents of the 20-day-old infant who was forcefully cremated have filed a Fundamental Rights application
before the Supreme Court through their Attorney Sanjeewa Kaluarachchi yesterday (23).

The petitioners stated that authorities at the Lady Ridgeway Hospital had cremated the body of the infant against their wishes in an undue hurry. They said that the child was in good health after his birth on 18 November and had no contact with any outside persons as the area they live in was under lockdown. They also said that although they had requested the hospital to perform a second PCR test after the death of the infant, the authorities had failed to accommodate their request.

The petitioners are seeking an order directing the health authorities to produce all medical records pertaining to the hospitalization, death and disposal of the dead body of the infant child of the Petitioners.

The petitioners, Mohomed Farook Mohomed Fahim and Fathina Shafnaz, have named the Director General of Health Services, the Director of the Lady Ridgeway Hospital for Children, the Minister of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine, Ministry Secretary and several others as respondents.