Muslims Help Perform Last Rites of Pandit Woman, Family Offers Gratitude

Srinagar- At a time when Kashmir is under the grip of heightened tensions over the killing of a Kashmiri Pandit employee, Muslims and KP’s in South Kashmir’s Kulgam district demonstrated the age-old bond of brotherhood and communal harmony by performing the last rites of 80-year-old KP lady.

The 80-year-old Pandit woman of Y K Pora, Kulgam, had gone to Mattan, Anantnag to attend the marriage ceremony of her relatives where her condition deteriorated and she breathed her last. She was brought to her native village Y K Pora, Kulgam, where hundreds of Muslims especially neighbours and locals were waiting for her body.

Locals said that they have been living together for decades and shared a strong bond.

“The deceased was a great human being who would visit Muslims on the occasion of festivals and also whenever anyone among us would die. She was part and parcel of the composite culture and today, it is our duty to return the favour by ensuring her last rites are performed as per her religious rites,” said village resident Altaf Ahmed.

The deceased, Dulari Bhat, 80, widow of late Janki Nath, spent all her life in the native village of Y K Pora.

Saja Bano, the friend of Dulari, said that the deceased was her close friend and they would spend days together. “Her death is a great loss for the entire village. It’s a personal loss for me as I have lost my good old friend,” she said.

Dulari’s son Subash Bhat said that they are thankful to the Muslims of the area who stood with them in this hour of grief.

“We have been living together and we didn’t escape from Kashmir despite the fact that our father was killed in the 90's. Since then, we have been living together with Muslims of the area, who are with us in time of this great loss,” he said.

Chuni Lal Bhat, a relative of Dulari, while thanking the Muslims of Y K Pora, said that Kashmir is the best example of communal harmony, brotherhood and Pandits and Muslims share a great and strong bond that has been there since decades.

“Today, Muslims of the area stood with us and participated in the last rites of Dulari. They remained present till Dulari was cremated,” he said, adding that “Muslims and Pandits are incomplete without each other.” (KNO)

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