SRINAGAR In keeping with the Valleys age-old traditions of amity, a Pandit woman was on Thursday cremated by her Muslim neighbours in the Monghama village of Pulwama district according to the rituals of her own faith.
The Pandit woman, Meenawati (110) wife of Shanbo Nath, had refused to leave her home and hearth when most of the community, including almost all members of her own family, had migrated from the Kashmir Valley in the early 90s.
As the village came to know of her passing away, it busied itself in arranging firewood and other requirements for the funeral pyre, reports said.
We are saddened by her death, said one of her neighbours, Ghulam Nabi. The entire neighbourhood mourns her passing away.
We, Muslims and Pandits, have always had brotherly relations despite our different faiths, he said
A relative of the woman said: We share composite culture and Muslims helped again us today as they have been helping us in past.
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