A Muslim ambulance driver in Kashmir’s Mendhar recently cremated the body of a Hindu woman who died of coronavirus in an act of communal harmony in the midst of the deadly pandemic. Mir Ahmed, the driver, decided to perform the last rites for the woman, who was homeless and had a mental disability.
Even though her own family and friends declined to touch her body for fear of contracting the coronavirus, Mir Ahmed performed the rites for her.
The incident took place on Wednesday in the Mendhar border zone of Kashmir’s Poonch district. The woman, who has not been named and is in poor mental health, was found writing in pain on the side of a road in Mendhar two days ago. The woman, who was struggling for oxygen, was discovered by locals and taken to a hospital for treatment with the assistance of local police and members of civil society. Despite the best efforts of doctors at the Mendhar sub-district hospital, the woman did not survive.
Despite her death on Wednesday morning, no known relatives or associates of the deceased came forward to perform the victim’s last rites. That’s when Mir Ahmed came to the rescue. Mir Ahmed, who works for the Jammu and Kashmir Health and Family Welfare Department as an ambulance driver, rose above communal divides and behaved in the name of humanity. Mir Ahmed lit the woman’s pyre and performed her last rites while wearing a PPE Kit.
The incident is one of many instances of communal harmony at a period of stress and loss that have surfaced across India in the last month, even as the number of cases of Covid-19 and related deaths increased exponentially.
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