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Jul 31st 2011 4:42AM I would guess that the regulation is directed primarily at ashes, not skeletons. It is quite common for Hindus to request that their ashes be scattered on the Ganges, or a river that feeds into the Ganges. Hence family members travelling, sometimes long distances, with ashes. I'm not sure WHY it would it be so wrong to have someone holding a brass urn of ashes on the subway. Perhaps there's a worry of lawsuits in case crowding results in the inadvertent scattering of the ashes :)