(India) Kashmiri Muslims perform last rites of Pandit woman

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Eighty-year-old Kamlavati, who lived in a Muslim-dominated area here, died at her home during wee hours on Friday.

Spreading a message of unity and brotherhood, hundreds of Muslims gathered in Noorpora hamlet of Tral on Friday to attend the final rites of a local Pandit lady.

Eighty-year-old Kamlavati, who lived in a Muslim-dominated area here, died at her home during wee hours on Friday.

As soon as the news about her demise spread in the area, hundreds of Muslims including men, women and children rushed to her house. The Muslim community helped the family perform the last rites of Kamla as per Hindu rituals, they took her body to the cremation ground for the last rites.

A majority of people present during the funeral were Muslims.

“This is true Kashmir, this is our culture and we share brotherhood. We do not believe in duality or divisive politics. We share one culture,” said Roop Krishan Bhat, deceased’s close relative.

Kamla’s family decided to stay back in the Valley during 90s, when a majority of Kashmiri Pandits chose to move out of the region.

“We condemn attempts to differences between Hindus and Muslims. We live in peace and harmony here,” said Ghulam Mohammad Ganaie, her neighbour.

“Mother Kamla never left her native place saying that she grew up here with her Muslim friends and she would prefer to die among her own people,” Ganaie said.

Source: http://www.greaterkashmir.com/news/kashmir/muslims-perform-last-rites-of-pandit-woman-in-tral/278258.html

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