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Hindus and Muslims performed the last rites of an 80-year-old woman in Kulgam. His life consoled Kashmiriyat

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Hindus and Muslims performed the last rites of an 80-year-old woman in Kulgam. His life consoled Kashmiriyat

In a time of grief and despair over the killing of a Pandit employee from Kashmir, the Valley saw a ray of hope as Muslims and Hindus came together to bid a final farewell to an 80-year-old woman.

cashmere And humanityAfter the brutal murder of Rahul Bhat, a clerk who was killed by terrorists on Thursday inside the tehsil office in Chadoora, lived for some time in despair. The police had blamed Lashkar-e-Taiba for the attack and claimed that they had killed two foreign terrorists in Bandipur when they had gone to Chadoora to execute Bhat’s murder. The tragic end of a 36-year-old employee working with the Revenue Department in the Valley for the past 11 years; An atmosphere of chaos and tension in the whole country.

On Saturday, barely two days after the dastardly act, villagers of Yar Khushipora in Kulgam’s South Kashmir district performed a special last rites of an 80-year-old Hindu woman, Dulari Bhat, while attending a relative’s wedding in a nearby village. had died ,

He was brought to YK Pora for the cremation on Saturday morning. Since very few Hindu families lived there, local Muslim youth were tasked with making funeral arrangements by the village elders.

He quickly arranged everything—bringing pieces of wood to set up the funeral pyre, making an open coffin to carry the body to the cremation ground, petals and incense—until it was engulfed in flames. Went.

Dulari had gone to Mattan, Anantnag to attend a marriage function of her relatives when her condition deteriorated and she breathed her last. He was taken to his native village YK Pora where several of his Muslim neighbors were waiting for his body. The women standing in the queue near the house got tears in their eyes.

“We have been living together for the last 50 years and stand by each other in joy and sorrow,” said her friend Saja, looking worried.

“We would celebrate festivals and attend weddings together and it never crossed us, we are from different religions,” he said. “His death is a personal loss to me and the entire village. I will miss him.”

Neighbors remembered him as a kind and wise man who would help them with work and worldly matters. Even younger women liked him and often came for advice.

“Our village is called Wakipora and it is known for its brotherhood for centuries. Our great-grandfathers have lived together in this village. Me and his younger son, Rinku Bhat, have been friends for the past 30 years. We share a special bond,” a villager was heard saying and added “the village is the best example of harmony and unity and we are proud of this heritage”.

Dulari’s son Subhash Kumar Bhat acknowledged the help of Muslims and said that this is not unusual and people should not be surprised.

“Our family was in mourning but they arranged everything for the cremation. This is how communities should live.

Village elders recalled that since Dulari’s marriage in the village, she spent all her years at YK Pora, making friends and having long conversations.

Despite the murder of Dulari’s husband in the early 1990s, the Bhatts did not leave Kashmir. With time, the family’s wounds healed but Dulari never let it get to her. His relative, Chunni Lal, who had come to attend the funeral, said, “In the early 90s both Muslims and Hindus were victims and they never held any grudge against any community.”

Kulgam’s reunion comes to a close after the tragic murder of Rahul Bhat and a series of targeted attacks on minority members, non-local labourers, police personnel and politicians.

Kashmiris of all kinds have condemned the incident and have organized protests and candlelight demonstrations to express solidarity with Hindus over the selective killings.

In Jammu and Kashmir, the LG government has promised to give Bhat’s wife a government job in Jammu, besides paying for the education of their only daughter. The government engaged the station house officer of Chadoora and ordered an investigation by a special investigation team into the murder to minimize the injury to the Kashmiri Pandits. However, the workers of the community working in the Valley want the government to shift them to Jammu till they are fully protected.

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