“We’re fighting. The government does not give easily. We are a minority,” he said.
The small staff of gravetenders often have to chase away drug addicts, who climb over the wall to seek peace and seclusion to indulge their habit, he said.
Funds are also a problem. The graveyard charges a small fee from relatives to clean the graves and clear away the weeds which sprout relentlessly.
So modern India has encroached on the graveyard. One way to raise money has been to rent it to Bollywood movie productions as a set.
But after the plot of one movie involved an assassination attempt on a politician by a bishop, the committee now vets scripts to make sure they are appropriate. Anything too racy - no doubt with the silent approval of the Victorians lying there - will not be allowed.
“We don’t permit any semi-nudity and things like that here,” Rebello said.