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GRAVE DEEDS: Campaigner solves longstanding issue with grave rights in Rickmansworth

 Published on: 1st December 2021   |   By: Lizzie Ellis   |   Category: Uncategorized

A man whose campaign highlighted a longstanding issue with the rights to burial deeds at Woodcock Hill Cemetery in Rickmansworth has been granted the exclusive right of burial.

Monty Meghjee launched a campaign for the rights to burial deeds at the Muslim section of the cemetery after his uncle, Basheer Meghjee passed away in March 2020 from COVID-19. Just a few weeks after he was laid to rest, it was discovered that an unrelated body had been placed in the same grave at the cemetery.

In June 2021, RickyNews reported that Monty Meghjee has discovered that none of the families of the 706 graves in the Muslim section of the cemetery had been granted a Deed of Grant of Exclusive Right of Burial.

After a tireless campaign over many months, Three Rivers District Council are now granting exclusive burial rights to the families of the deceased buried in the Muslim section.

Monty Meghjee added: “While it may seem like a piece of paper, the exclusive right of burial is a legal document which is tangible evidence of the burial rights that families believe that they already enjoy. I would encourage the District Council and the BW Foundation to open up to the public what they have already accepted in private.”

To apply for burial deeds email cemeteries@threerivers.gov.uk and request the application form or ring 01923 727 031 for more information.

A spokesperson for Three Rivers District Council said: “Deeds are now routinely issued to any purchaser of new grave space in the Muslim Section of Woodcock Hill Cemetery and, on request, to the next of kin of any individual previously buried in the Muslim Section.”

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