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    A crematorium in India’s southern state of Tamil Nadu will enable far-away relatives, well wishers and women to witness the last rites of deceased even if they cannot make it for the funeral.

    New Delhi (Sputnik) — Humans are social by nature but the hectic pace of urban life leaves no time to meet the living, leave alone the dead. The management of a crematorium in Chennai, the capital of Tamil Nadu, wants to ensure that people witness the elaborate Hindu funeral ceremony even if they are occupied elsewhere or not in the city.

    The complex will soon be Wi-Fi enabled, thus enabling live viewing of the last rites. The management, administered by Indian Community Welfare Organisation (ICWO), will also install location finders to enable easy navigation to the destination.

    "A fast and free Wi-Fi connection will help relatives easily share directions and possibly live-stream the proceedings for loved ones who couldn't make it. If the public response is positive, the project may be replicated in other crematoriums managed by ICWO across the state," said ICWO founder-secretary A J Hariharan.

    An accent on technology will also enable in some communities to witness the last rites. "There is a stigma attached to women attending rituals in the crematorium. The initiative will ensure women's participation, albeit virtually, in the funeral of their loved ones,'' added Mariharan.

    The organization took over the management in 2014 and has since then tried to make a visit to the crematorium less traumatic by landscaping,, new seating arrangements, wall art and cameras.


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