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By Joseph DeCaro
(Worthy News) - A bereaved Christian family in Sri Lanka was prevented from burying their loved one after an angry mob prevented them from holding the funeral in a nearby cemetery.
According to Barnabas Aid, a mob of locals stopped the funeral procession as it entered the village cemetery in Santhively, thereby preventing the pastor from officiating over a Christian burial. The pastor then tried to proceed with the ceremony on the church grounds, but the mob again intervened. After police arrived, the mob dispersed, but fearing continued unrest, the police got a court order to bury the deceased in a cemetery more than 14 miles from the village.
In matters of both life and death, the Sri Lankan constitution has always awarded Buddhism "the foremost place," often resulting in the harassment and intimidation of Christians.