PULWAMA — In yet another instance of communal harmony, the local Muslims in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district helped perform the last rites of a 55-year-old Kashmiri Pandit lady, who died on Friday.
Setting an example of communal harmony and brotherhood, the local Muslims in Tahab village of Pulwama came together to help perform the last rites of their pandit neighbour.
According to the news agency Kashmir News Observer (KNO), Usha Devi (55) wife of Maharaj Pandit, resident of Tahab village, about 5 kilometres from Pulwama town, was a housewife whose husband is a retired government employee.
As only a few of her family members were around, Devi’s local friends and neighbours from the Muslim community took it upon themselves to help perform her last rites.
The local Muslims organized and performed her last rites and mourned her death as one of their own. They shouldered her coffin and arranged wood for the cremation in the village.
“She was one of us. We never thought of her as a KP. We arranged everything needed for the cremation,” said Mohammad Jabbar, a local resident.
She has been living here among them for many years. “We have lived alongside each other and done everything together,” said another local while participating in her last rites which were performed in a local ground.
“We share a bond that goes back hundreds of years. When we heard about the sad news, all of us rushed to console the family members and arrange the last rites,” he added.
Devi is survived by her husband besides one son and a daughter — both are married.