Muslim Neighbours Help Perform Last Rites of Pandit Woman

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Kupwara- In yet another display of Kashmir's age-old communal amity, the Muslims in Lolab valley of north Kashmir’s Kupwara district Monday performed the last rites of an elderly Pandit woman who had passed away early in the day.

Reports said that Rita Kumari (70), a Kashmiri Pandit lady of Lalpora area of Lolab died on Monday.

Soon after news about her death spread, the local Muslims started reaching her home to help the family in performing the last rites.

The local Muslims organised and performed her last rites and mourned her death as one of their own.

“We have shared joys and sorrows with her and we feel like our own family member has passed today,” Ghulam Mohammad, a local resident said, adding that they arranged everything needed for the cremation.

Local Sarpanch also apealed Pandits living outside to return home and live side by side with their erstwhile Muslim neighbours as before.

Meanwhile, Kashmiri Pandits of the locality expressed gratitude to the local Muslims for their support.  (KNO)

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