The Federal National Council (FNC) has approved draft law on regulating cemeteries and burial procedures. The new law aims to regulate all procedures related to cemeteries and burial, including transporting, bathing and burying of dead bodies.
The law also outlines penalties for violators and rules for authorities concerned with monitoring, inspecting and guarding cemeteries.
The authorities will impose a penalty ranging Dh.10,000 to Dh.50,000 for the following offences:
Ø Transfer of a corpse or human remains within the country without a permit.
Ø Erecting new buildings or making any additions within a cemetery.
Ø Bringing in human remains, corpse through any channel other than specified transportation channels.
Ø Use of unofficial outlets to transport the body or human remains.
Ø Photographing a corpse in a manner other than legally permissible circumstances.
Ø Using graves for purposes other than what they are meant for.
Ø In case of burial of a corpse or body part in a burial ground which is not approved by the authorities, the violator is liable for one-year imprisonment or a penalty between Dh.10,000 to Dh.100,000, or both.
Ø An individual who prepares a place for burial of a corpse that has not been designated by the authorities shall be liable to a penalty of one-year and a fine of Dh.10,000 to Dh.20,000.
Ø Transporting a body within or outside the country will require a permit, and failure to do so will attract a penalty of Dh.50,000 to Dh.100,000.
Ø Any attempt to vandalize a grave will lead to a fine of Dh.100,000 to Dh.200,000 and imprisonment from five to seven years, or both.